Families attending the University of Michigan who live in the Great Lakes State and have a household income under $65,000 will receive free tuition under a proposal announced yesterday.
U of M President Mark Schlissel says the program is called the " Go Blue Guarantee." It starts in January 2018.
The program is being widely praised and is expected to benefit thousands of students.
According to reports:
"The guarantee only affects those students attending the Ann Arbor campus, not U-M Dearborn or Flint.
"The Go Blue Guarantee is a big win for Michigan families that want a better future, and it honors students who have worked hard to achieve their dreams," board Chairman Mark Bernstein said. "In short, we are doing the job that Lansing and Washington have failed to do.
"Today, we honor our promise to make college more affordable for families that need the most help. We're doing this without taking away any need-based financial aid from any family. In fact, many in-state students from families earning up to $125,000 a year are awarded scholarships and grants that pay half their tuition. This is a transformative moment in the history of the University of Michigan — our state and nation is watching us."