Poll: Mich. residents say state should boost higher ed spending

May 1, 2018

Almost four out of five Michigan residents support a substantial increase in state spending on higher education to keep tuition low for in-state residents.

That's according to a recent survey conducted for the Michigan Association of State Universities.

"Thirty years ago, the state paid for about 80 percent of the tab for a pubic university education," said Daniel Hurley, president and CEO of the Michigan Association. "Today, it's down to about 22 percent."

Hurley says the survey shows state residents think public higher education should be a state budget priority.

"We certainly hope that that message will resonate in the State Capitol in the coming weeks as they put the finishing touches on next year's state budget," said Hurley.