Zorn bill would expand Michigan Tuition Grant eligibility

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to help more Michigan students enrolled in independent universities and colleges in the state receive the Michigan Tuition Grant.

The Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) program is available to undergraduate Michigan residents with financial need who plan to attend or are attending independent, degree-granting Michigan post-secondary institutions.

“Michigan prohibits students at independent universities and colleges who are pursuing degrees in theology, divinity or religious education from receiving the Michigan Tuition Grant,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Students should be free to study religion just like any other subject and still receive this financial support.”

Senate Bill 550 would expand the scope of eligibility for the MTG. Under the bill, students eligible to receive the MTG would be free to study any subject as long as they were not attending an institution whose primary purpose is to prepare students for ordination or appointment as a member of the clergy.

“Freedom of religion has been a cornerstone of our country since our founding,” Zorn said. “My bill would allow students who wish to study religious education or theology to be eligible for this need-based grant.”

SB 550 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.