You would receive a thousand dollars for your first year of college, a thousand dollars the second year, and then two thousand dollars the third year you attended.
I don’t know about everyone else, but my family can not afford to pay for my college on their own. This money was so important to me and my family, and I know it was important to everyone else depending on it.
The link will take you to the actual act where you can read about all of the specifics when it comes to things such as eligibility and money distribution. There is a lot of information on there that is now useless since Michigan decided to break their promise.
Now I cant say this on the record because it is subject to opinion, but I will put it out there that it is rumored that the senate and house of representatives wanted the money from the scholarship funds to go back into their paychecks.
There are so many students I know that had to drop out of the college they were going to or transfer to a community college because they were short what they promised. This can make such an impact on a persons entire life. Hopefully some good can come out of this though and we can stop focusing on teaching for the test.
But at the same time schools will still get money for passing grades on the test, however it’s the motivation in the students that will severely be lacking. School funding does not directly effect the students ( or at least they don’t realize it at the time ) however money going directly to them? They understand that.
We had the UC lined with phones at the beginning of the semester all ready to dial up the senate to say GIVE ME MY MONEY.
Michigan promised me as well as countless other students the opportunity to lighten the burden that is college tuition. They have broken their promise.
Michigan’S Broken Promise
Michigan’s Broken Promise A very disgruntled power point by: Natalie Gordinier
What WAS the Michigan Promise? <ul><li>The Michigan promise was a scholarship that provides up to $4,000 to high school graduates for successfully completing two years of postsecondary education beginning with the high school graduating class of 2007. To be able to receive the funds you had to complete the MME (Michigan Merit Exam) </li></ul>
Why is this Important? <ul><li>The Michigan promise was going to give out money to students to help them pay for college. That alone is very important. On top of that it served as motivation to study and learn for the MME test, but now there is no money reinforcement to continue students to want to do well. </li></ul>
Where did this come from? <ul><li>Public Act 479 of 2006 signed into law by Governor Granholm on December 21, 2006 (2) which stated the amount of money and the terms to receive the scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>To see the actual act document follow this link: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(4uvsob552jzabujlgnjpiujt))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-Act-479-of-2006.pdf </li></ul>
What is going on? <ul><li>Unfortunately this year, the 2009 academic year, Michigan has decided to break its promise to the many students depending on receiving that money. The senate voted and they decided to get rid of it so the vote passed to the house of representatives who decided that they did not want to save the $140 million dollars for scholarships but use it elsewhere. (3) </li></ul>
Impact <ul><li>When this scholarship was in effect the impact it made was that more students were able to continue their education after high school. Some students just needed that extra grant of money and now that it is gone there will be a drop in postsecondary education attendance. The impact it will have for K-12 students now however is that teachers will not be so inclined in teaching for the test which became a huge problem after this act was unveiled. </li></ul>
Teaching for the test <ul><li>I know from personal experience that every other sentence out of almost every teacher I had in high school was “This will be on the MME!” that is all we ever heard. The teachers were rushed into fitting in much more curriculum which caused them to speed up their lessons, which caused more kids to call behind. Without the need to focus so much on that scholarship money teachers may now actually be able to focus on teaching the material not teaching for the test. </li></ul>
Addressing the Issue. <ul><li>As of now our government has stated that they are trying to find different revenues to eliminate the cut of the scholarships. They state that as soon as our economy in Michigan rises that scholarships and financial aid are at the top of the priority listing for funding. </li></ul>
What Schools are doing. <ul><li>I know that here at CMU they had phones lined up for students to call our representatives and talk to them about giving us back our scholarships. I have spoken to friends attending Michigan State and U of M and they too have the same thing going on. Students are not just sitting back and letting this happen. They are voicing their opinions at student government meetings and wherever else they can be heard. They are addressing the issue to show the Michigan government that we have a say in what goes on. </li></ul>
To conclude… <ul><li>The Michigan promise was made to us, we being any graduating class after and including the class of 2007. We are entitled to our money that we worked for and were promised. The impact on students is going to be difficult, but there may possibly be some good. Michigan’s economy is not the greatest, but they had the money set aside. They are trying to figure out ways to put it back into effect and have said that it is top priority when Michigan’s economy gets better. </li></ul>
Citations <ul><li>1) http://michigan.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>2) http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,1607,7-128-38193_44522---,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>3) http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20090923/FREE/909239988/1013 Michigan Promise scholarships eliminated by higher education budget committee By Amy Lane </li></ul><ul><li>4) http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(4uvsob552jzabujlgnjpiujt))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-Act-479-of-2006.pdf </li></ul>