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The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, based in Lansing, is a nonprofit higher education association serving Michigan's 15 state universities.


Each year, Michigan's public universities serve about 303,000 students, focusing on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education and equal educational opportunity.

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  • A Degree of Debt: Five Things to Know About Financial Aid as Your Kid Bolts for College

    January 6, 2015/Bridge Magazine

    This is the time of year when parents who have high school seniors begin to think seriously about paying for college. Some of them started planning for this expense about 18 years ago when they brought the baby home from the hospital and figured they needed to start a nest egg for college. Most did not start the nest egg, however, because they just didn’t have enough money to do so, or figured they had a long time to take care of it.

    But now the time for good planning has passed! How does a regular family with modest to moderate income pay a bill that represents about half of that income for four years in a row? And, of course, how do they do it while actually paying all of their regular bills over those four years? Whether you are the parent who does everything for your student or one who prefers to be a little less involved, you need to make sure you both understand your plan for paying for college. You will be a trusted resource who will be available all hours of the day and night year-round. You should be able to get them on the right path and keep them there, without becoming a full-blown expert.

    There are some pretty straightforward pieces of information about student financial aid that can ease family fears and make the important and sizeable expenses of college a little less daunting:

    1. Know The Cost – Make sure you and your student know how much it’s going to cost to get their desired degree at whatever colleges are at the top of their list. The basic costs will include tuition, fees, room, board, books and spending money. This information is readily available at the school’s website or by talking with staff in financial aid or admissions. Also, make sure to find out what is and is not included in the spending money category. For instance, if you are planning on a car, a bus pass, or tickets to sporting events, know whether or not they are included in the price tag. And remember that most schools provide cost figures for one year only. If the desired degree requires more than 1 year of study, multiply the first year’s costs by the number of years it takes most students to get the degree and assume you are a little low.
  • SVSU Named a Community-Engaged University

    January 7, 2015/SVSU News

    Saginaw Valley State University announced Wednesday, Jan. 7 that it has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, marking SVSU as a university that is exceptionally engaged with the community it serves.

    “Throughout my nearly 37 years here and during my first year as president, we have sought to instill in our students a deep sense of responsibility to the communities where they live and learn, and as an institution, we strive every day to advance the region we call home,” said SVSU President Donald Bachand. “This is the ultimate affirmation of meeting those goals at the highest national standard.”

    Among 241 first-time applicants who requested applications from the Carnegie Foundation for 2015, SVSU was one of 83 who were successfully classified as community engaged institutions during this application cycle. To be selected, institutions provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. SVSU’s status will remain in effect for 10 years.
  • 10th Annual Arts in the House

    September 23, 2014

    The 10th annual Arts in the House program was a huge success. Student artists were recognized at the event, held on September 23, 2014. This year, a total of 27 pieces of artwork from our public four-year universities were selected and will hang in the House Office Building from October 2014 to September 2015. Each university uses its own guidelines for selecting artwork, nominating one to two pieces of student art. Final approval is made by the House staff as to which art will be displayed. Browse the brochure to see the featured artwork.
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