'Free' College Tuition Plan Questioned

A plan to provide “free” college tuition to Michigan high school graduates that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars is based on faulty research, according to one Mackinac Center expert.

James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy, told the Detroit Free Press that claims that more college graduates make a state more prosperous are untrue.

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“College graduates go where there are job opportunities,” Hohman said. “So you tend to get more of them where there is a lot of work.”

Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek has addressed the tuition subsidy program, called Michigan2020, here and here to show why it is a poor investment that offers too few benefits.

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