Michigan Universities, State Lawmakers Look For Ways To Bring Down Price Of Higher Education

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When Shanti Collins graduates from Grand Valley State University, she expects to be $50,000 in debt.

The 20-year-old Detroit native works as a receptionist at the Lanthorn student newspaper to help pay rent and living expenses. She receives $2,750 each semester in federal Pell grants, on top of loans.

Paying for college is difficult, she said, but it’s possible.

“I feel like financial problems shouldn’t be a reason why kids don’t go to college,” she said. “You have to get an education in order to make it.”

That’s what many students across Michigan face: An expensive education, increasingly necessary for a well-paying career.

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