Feb. 13, 2019 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s inaugural State of the State address connected Michigan’s talent pool, economic vitality, and the need for postsecondary attainment. The New Foster Care is thrilled with the Michigan’s focus to prioritize both K-12 and post-secondary education. We are also excited about Michigan’s vision of a 60 percent postsecondary attainment goal. We are hopeful that the proposed MI Opportunity Scholarship will directly help youth in foster care across our great state.
The New Foster Care will continue to advocate for educational supports, mentorship, and educational financial assistance. We recognize the stark difference between being prepared for post-secondary education, getting there, and staying there. Last night’s speech was a good first step.
“The MI Opportunity Scholarship, will guarantee two years of debt-free community college for all
graduating high school students who qualify. The scholarship will be officially launched this spring and
available to students in the fall of 2020. And it will make Michigan the first Midwestern state to guarantee
community college for all.”
“A study last year found the average cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at a public four-year school in
Michigan is almost $22,000 a year. That’s the 10th highest in the country. And it’s a complete barrier for a lot
of people in our state.””
“That’s why the MI Opportunity Scholarship will provide two years of tuition assistance at a four-year, not-forprofit college or university for students who graduate from a Michigan high school with at least a B average.”