State Treasury department tours UP college fairs

IRON MOUNTAIN — Student loan debt has become a nationwide issue, and this week Michigan State Treasury Department has been making stops around the Upper Peninsula at different colleges to help college kids with financial aid resources.

The Treasury Department’s Michigan Student Aid Outreach team was at Bay College in Iron Mountain last night to help students and families find new resources and assistance to help pay for college.

The team’s goal is to help students find Michigan–based scholarships and grants through the state government, so they’ll better off in the long run.

“The end goal is to make sure students get through college and have access to take out as little loans as possible,” said Steve Bo, a Michigan Student Aid Outreach team member. “We want to make sure that students don’t get too much into the loan burden and everything, so we want to make sure if they have access to the money and get access to that money. One of the biggest programs that we offer is called the Tuition Incentive Program, or TIP, so we’re on-site at these college fairs to make sure students have access to that money and get signed up. We’re also making stops to different local area high schools to make sure those counsellors have materials to hand out to those students and parents.”

The remaining stops around the Upper Peninsula this week are:

Gogebic Community College’s College Fair
Lindquist Student and Conference Center Gym
E4946 Jackson Road
Ironwood, MI 49983
Sept. 17, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m. CDT

Financial Aid Night
Kingsford High School
431 Hamilton Ave.
Kingsford, MI 49802
Sept. 17, 2019
5:30-6:30 p.m. CDT

Michigan Technological University College Fair
Student Development Center, Wood Gym
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Sept. 18, 2019
9-11 a.m. EDT

Lake Superior State University College Fair
Norris Center – Bud Copper Gymnasium
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Sept. 19, 2019
6-7:30 p.m. EDT