Michigan—Like Ohio, But Somewhat Worse


The Michigan League for Public Policy has issued a report on the funding of public higher education in the state. The full report is available here: http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Back-to-school_2016.pdf.

Writing for Michigan Live, Brian McVicar provides this summary of the report’s most salient findings:

“Michigan has failed to adequately invest in higher education, and students are paying the price with skyrocketing tuition that has left many graduates awash in debt, according to a new report released today.

“The report, by the Michigan League for Public Policy, shows that state higher education funding-–when adjusted for inflation–-has declined by 30 percent since 2002-03.

“In addition, Michigan spends just $223 per student on need-based financial aid, an amount well below the national average and all but one other Midwestern state, the report says.

“Those factors, according to the report, are among the reasons why Michigan’s average student debt now totals $29,450-–the ninth highest in the…

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