Michigan 2020 Plan to Receive Hearing in Senate Finance Committee

Plan would provide college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates

Lansing – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the Senate Finance Committee will be taking up the legislation to enact the Michigan 2020 Plan tomorrow in a historic first step toward making this plan to offer free college tuition a reality for high school graduates across the state.

“We've heard from countless economists and business leaders that our state must invest in higher education and develop the most talented workforce in the country. This plan would accomplish exactly that,” said Whitmer. “The committee's actions tomorrow can send a powerful message that Michigan is ready to take the next step towards growing our economy and our job market by creating a highly educated talent pool unlike anywhere else in the nation.”

Under the Michigan 2020 Plan, high school graduates in Michigan, whether they attended a public, private or home school, would be eligible for an annual grant for their higher education costs. The maximum amount of the grant would be equal to the median tuition level (currently $9,575/year) of all of Michigan's public universities. Students could choose to attend any of Michigan's community colleges or public universities and use that money toward the cost of tuition, books and other eligible expenses.

“I'm excited to show Michigan that their Legislature can still work together on solutions that benefit our families, our students and our businesses,” added Whitmer. “The Michigan 2020 Plan is the right plan for our state and I appreciate the committee's interest in moving it forward. I hope this hearing is the first step in passing this innovative plan into law.”

The Senate Finance Committee hearing will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm in Room 210 of the Farnum Building in Lansing. The public is welcome to attend or watch the hearing online at senatedems.com.

More information on the Michigan 2020 Plan is available at www.michigan2020.com.