Schools cited for improved financial aid applications

The state has cited high schools in Niles, Ann Arbor and Hazel Park as top performers in improving their students’ FAFSA completion rates. Regional winners include schools in Chippewa, Otsego, Ingham and Clinton counties. FAFSA is essential to get college financial aid. We talk to principals and a counselor about the importance of one-on-one help to students. By Joshua Valiquette.

How does the 2020 census affect Michigan schools?

State officials are pushing residents to complete their census forms. The results are important for allocating aid to public and private schools in the state, including money for special education, Head Start and breakfast and lunch programs. We hear from the state Education Department, a Marquette legislator, the state census director and the MEA. By Joe Dandron.

College students falling through gap in federal stimulus program

There’s a gaping hole in the federal stimulus package, and college students are falling through it. If they’re 17 to 24 and claimed as dependents for tax purposes by their parents, they won’t get a $1,200 check and their parents won’t receive the extra $500 allotted per dependent. We speak to students and parents from Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Ypsilanti, University of Michigan and Michigan State, as well as an MSU economist. By Taylor Haelterman.

Small colleges may feel the pain of pandemic as finances, enrollment could take hits

Private colleges in Michigan are wrestling with challenges as they recruit and prepare for their incoming first-year students. Many have cancelled in-person summer orientation, for example, and there are worries that some students will opt to delay college or go to less expensive public institutions because of the pandemic’s impact on their family finances. We talk to officials at Hope and Aquinas and an MSU expert, with references to Calvin and Central Michigan University. By Joe Dandron.

Covenant House aims to help Michigan’s homeless youth

We explore the problems of homeless youth with the stories of two of them, one from Muskegon and other from Detroit. They found help from Covenant House in Grand Rapids and Detroit to turn their lives around. One-third of Michigan youths in foster care at 17 experience at least one instance of homelessness by age 21, and young adults who identify as LGBTQ have a 120% higher risk of homelessness than their heterosexual peers. By Joshua Valiquette.