WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan) wants to make college more affordable to Michigan high school students.
In order to do that, Peters introduced legislation this week that would expand concurrent and dual enrollment programs in the state. Around 23,000 high school students in Michigan took at least one college class last year.
That’s about seven percent of students in the state. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act would create a new program that would give students more access to obtaining college credits while they’re still in high school.
The bill would make college more affordable to students in the long run.
“Anytime you have to train professional staff or develop curriculum, there are costs associated with that,” said Sen. Gary Peters. “That’s where this legislation comes into play. It will provide federal money to cover those costs so that our local colleges and universities can work with our local high schools to make this a reality.”
In addition to reducing college costs, Peters added that graduation rates would likely increase as a result of this new program.
“If you look at people who drop out of college for a variety of reasons, it tends to happen early in their college career,” said Peters. “So if they can get a leg up before they even start, they’re more likely to get that degree which is going to be so important for them in the future.”
Peters hopes to move the bill through the senate sometime in the next one or two months.