Many teens in Michigan’s foster care system want to attend college but don’t have the resources to do so when they age out of the system. In fact, less than 10 percent who graduate from high school actually enroll in college.
I supported Senate legislation, now signed into law, to help our state’s foster youth attend college. Public Acts 252 and 253 of 2018 add a state income tax checkoff for taxpayers to contribute to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. This fund provides some help with college expenses such as tuition, room and board, and books based on need and any other financial aid the student is receiving.
More than $1.1 million has been raised through individual and group donations and other fundraising events since 2012.
New taxpayer donations will provide more funds and allow the program to assist more students.