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The Daily Tribune: Michigan public colleges don’t provide financial aid to older students

As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, older adults are finding it harder than ever to participate, a new report says.

Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.  Aug. 22, 2014 — The Daily Tribune

Voices of Disabilities: Michigan public colleges don’t provide financial aid to many potential students

As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, older adults are finding it harder than ever to participate, a new report says.

Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago. Aug. 21, 2014 — Voices of Disabilities

The Detroit News: Report: Older students in Mich. miss out on grants

Among Michigan’s biggest oversights in reviving the economy is its failure to offer financial aid for older adults who want to attend college, according to a report released earlier this week by the Michigan League for Public Policy. Aug. 21, 2014 — The Detroit News

MLive:Tuition aid ignores most older students, stymies workforce development, Michigan group says

Michigan’s tuition assistance programs largely leave older students out of luck, according to a report from the Michigan League for Public Policy.

As adults look to re-gear for a changing workforce, they may also be looking for educational assistance. Each year more than 100,000 individuals over 20 fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is also used to determine eligibility for federal and state aid. Aug. 20, 2014 — MLive

Michigan Radio: Poverty rates are high in Michigan’s rural counties

When we think about poverty, we tend to picture cities.

But a recent series in Bridge Magazine brought attention to poverty in rural communities in Michigan. The poverty rate in rural areas is higher than the rate in urban areas. Aug. 18, 2014 — Michigan Radio

Bridge: Along Michigan’s back roads, thousands of homeless children

Brenda Greenhoe finds kids living in tents. She’s found them sleeping in ball field dugouts. Last summer, she found a young couple living in an abandoned garage. Aug. 12, 2014 — Bridge

Public News Service: MLPP “Read or Flunk” Won’t Solve MI Education Crisis

Too many Michigan fourth-graders aren’t making the grade when it comes to reading, but should struggling students be required by law to repeat third grade? July 30, 2014 — Public News Service

Holland Sentinel: Our View: Kids Count offers sobering statistics on child well-being in Michigan

For 25 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been compiling valuable information on the well-being of children, both nationally and in individual states. While the foundation’s annual Kids Count reports have found some areas of progress, the overall trend of child welfare in Michigan is discouraging. The rate of child poverty in our state has soared in the last quarter century, while we continue to lag educationally. It’s a sobering picture. July 27, 2014 — Holland Sentinel

MLive: Health insurance subsidies – no impact yet from appeals court rulings

Health navigators for the Affordable Care Act expect to field calls from residents worried about their subsidies for health insurance after a pair of court rulings was released Tuesday, June 22.

Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings about whether the subsidies could be applied in Michigan and other states that use the federal insurance exchange. July 22, 2014 — MLive

The Detroit News: Health law rulings may affect Mich. subsidies

Washington— Federal health insurance subsidies could be in doubt for millions of Americans — including hundreds of thousands in Michigan — after two federal courts of appeal issued conflicting rulings Tuesday.

In the first case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with a group of small business owners who argued the law allows subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states. Michigan is among 36 states that did not set up their own exchanges, relying on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace instead. July 22, 2014 — The Detroit News

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