October 2017: Michigan College Month

WHEREAS, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 70 percent of all jobs in Michigan will require some postsecondary education or training beyond high school by 2020 and only 30 percent of Michigan jobs will be available to those with a high school diploma or less; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan College Access Network uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees; and,

WHEREAS, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the only way to access federal grants and loans that can be instrumental in helping students pay for college, will now be available beginning October 1; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan College Month provides dedicated time and space during the school day to ensure all high school seniors have the opportunity to apply to college and file the FAFSA with support from the Michigan College Access Network, Local College Access Networks, school counselors, college advisers and community members; and,

WHEREAS, during the month of October, all Michigan colleges and universities will accept the National Association for College Admission Counseling application fee waiver for those students with a demonstrated financial need, in order to ensure that no student is deprived of the opportunity to pursue admission to the institution of their choice due to financial hardship;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Michigan College Month.