We were in Ypsilanti last night talking about rising tuition costs and college access support

Oct 28, 2015

Some audience members at our Issues and Ale event in Ypsilanti
Credit Paula Friedrich / Michigan Radio

Our host for last night's Issues and Ale, ABC Microbrewery, sits just off of the Eastern Michigan University campus in Ypsilanti. Plus, Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan are right down the road. 

So it came as no surprise that our audience had a lot to contribute to our Issues and Ale discussion about college access and affordability.

Our panelists were Ron French, senior writer at Bridge Magazine, Joi Rencher, of Eastern Michigan University's Mentorship Access Guidance in College program and Rachel Osmer, a college adviser at Ypsilanti Community Schools. State of Opportunity's Jennifer Guerra was our host.

Some topics we covered:

What challenges low-income students face, and what colleges can do to address those:

The ever-rising cost of tuition:

How post-high school plans are viewed:

The panelists' number one priorities:

Panelist Ron French speaks with an audience member after the discussion.
Credit Paula Friedrich / Michigan Radio

Catch up with the whole conversation on our Twitter feed or check back later to listen to audio from the event. Want to hear about upcoming events? Sign up for Michigan Radio's newsletter.