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Detroit Scholarship Fund Enrolls Over 500 Students in First Year

More than 500 Detroit high school graduates from the class of 2013 have enrolled as full-time community college students this fall, with the help of the new Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF). Administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, the DSF offers graduates of any Detroit high school a tuition-free path to an associate’s degree at any of the five community colleges located in metro Detroit. Students are required to apply for needs-based financial aid – with the exception of loans – with the DSF covering the remaining expenses. The program is funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF), which was introduced by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference.

In addition to financial assistance, the Detroit Scholarship Fund also provides students with adequate academic support. Each of the five participating community colleges – Wayne County, Oakland, Macomb, Henry Ford and Schoolcraft – have implemented student support programs, ensuring that students complete orientation, have an academic plan and have access to intervention programs.