Michigan Democrats propose free community college plan - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Democrats propose free community college plan

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Michigan's House Democrats want the state to provide full-tuition scholarships for community college students.

Lawmakers announced the plan, titled the HirED Opportunity Act, in the Capitol on Monday. It would grant the scholarship to recent high school graduates who enroll full-time in a community college. They must maintain a 2.0-grade point average and participate in mentorship and community service programs. For older adults, the program would cover tuition and place them in a career training program.

To be eligible, individuals must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the U.S. government's free form for students to receive loans, grants and other types of financial aid. The potential HirED program would fill in remaining tuition costs.

"I think that would be a really great idea," said Morgan Pingot, Delta College student. "That would be amazing because like college is really expensive. So, I would love to like be able to just do what I want to without having to worry about paying it back."

Another student said if the act becomes law it would be great for community colleges because their enrollment would increase.

"It will encourage more people to go to college if community colleges were free," Travis Bryce said.

Bryce said it's a deal too good to pass up, especially given the alternative.

"My FAFSA just pretty much covered for my classes. It didn't really cover for books," Bryce said.

The plan will likely face opposition in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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