A state legislator is seeking to reinstate the Michigan Tuition Grant, which provided students at private colleges up to $2,400 per year based on need.
Michigan state Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-Grant), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges, introduced a bill to restore funding for the grants to the budget.
“We need to as quickly as possible get this money restored, restore the confidence with the students that we’re here for you, we’re here to support you, and not pull the rug out from under them after we had already made a promise,” VanSingel told mlive.
Michigan state Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-Grant), right, at his swearing-in ceremony in Lansing.
According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, in 2018 the Michigan Tuition Grant benefited 16,532 students at a cost of $32 million to the state. Although the Republican-led legislature had included $38 million for the program in the 2019-2020 budget, it became one of the many line-items that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eliminated by veto.