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Fox 47: Study: Tuition rates in Michigan among the highest in the nation

A new report finds tuition at public universities in Michigan is among the highest in the nation. The study released by the Michigan League for Public Policy today shows tuition has more than doubled at most of the state’s 15 public universities by 100 to 150% since 2003. Sept 6, 2016 — Fox 47

The Detroit News: Study: Mich. tuition hikes, aid cuts boost student debt

The Michigan League for Public Policy said tuition has more than doubled at most of the state’s 15 public universities since 2003. Increases in the cost of a four-year degree range from 91 percent at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to 158 percent at Michigan Technological University.

“Once again, Michigan is a national leader in a negative category, and one that runs counter to the political rhetoric of attracting and keeping talent,” said Gilda Jacobs, the league’s president and chief executive officer. Sept 6, 2016 — The Detroit News

Michigan Radio: New study says students hurt by state cuts to higher ed

Michigan college students who graduated in 2014 had $29,450 in student loan debt on average – the ninth highest in the nation, according to a new study from the Michigan League for Public Policy.

“The reality is that it’s become increasingly difficult for students and families to afford an education here in Michigan,” says Karen Holcomb-Merrill, the VP of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “We have sky-rocketing tuition, we have deep cuts to state aid for universities, and we have [state] funding for need-based financial aid that’s been slashed.” Sept 6, 2016 — Michigan Radio

MLive: ‘Unprecendented’ student debt result of Michigan’s higher education policies, report says

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. Sept 6, 2016 — MLive

Public News Service: Michigan College Students Face Soaring Tuition, Debt

Michigan college students are digging into the fall semester, but eventually many will be digging themselves out of a mountain of debt. A report released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows 62 percent of university students in Michigan are graduating with debt averaging close to $30,000. Sept 6, 2016 — Public News Service

WILX: Study: Tuition rates in Michigan among the highest in the nation

A new report finds tuition at public universities in Michigan is among the highest in the nation. The study released by the Michigan League for Public Policy today shows tuition has more than doubled at most of the state’s 15 public universities by 100 to 150% since 2003. Sept 6, 2016 — WILX

WZZM: Data: Kent County kids rank 26 out of 83 in well-being

According to the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2016, Kent County ranks 26 out of 83 Michigan counties in overall child well-being. The Data Book examines 16 indicators in various categories of health, education and economy. March 31, 2016 — WZZM

Macomb Daily: Child poverty up 74 percent in Macomb County

The Michigan League for Public Policy published last week its Kids Count in Michigan Data Book for 2016. When it came to the well-being of children, the numbers weren’t pretty.

“We think all kids count –- no matter where they live, their racial or ethnic background or their family income –- but do the elected officials charged with supporting their well-being share that priority?” said Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count in Michigan project director. “This book is not meant to be simply a reporting tool, but a catalyst for action.” March 28, 2016 — Macomb Daily

Grand Rapids Business Journal: More children slipped into poverty over the last decade

The book on how much children matter to the state of Michigan is now available and, unfortunately, you won’t like the last chapter. The Michigan League for Public Policy recently released its 25th annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book for 2016. The report, which offers 16 indicators of child well-being throughout the state, reveals that childhood poverty has risen in 80 of 83 Michigan counties since 2006. The sad state of affairs especially has impacted minority children, according to the report.

“The Michigan League for Public Policy has been producing the Kids Count report for 25 years, but low-income kids are still struggling, and the repercussions touch every part of their lives,” said Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. March 25, 2016 — Grand Rapids Business Journal

Bridge Magazine: Guest column: Do kids really count in Michigan? Data shows them losing ground

Over the past year our state has received a significant amount of national and international attention, due to the Flint water crisis – exposing an entire city to poisonous lead – and the deplorable and dangerous conditions of the Detroit Public Schools. These two incidents alone raise the question of whether kids really do count in Michigan. State leaders have become extremely focused on the bottom line and reducing spending so much that basic needs like clean air, safe drinking water and quality schools have become issues. March 25, 2016 — Bridge Magazine

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