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University of Michigan students want more financial aid for Flint, Dearborn students

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The COVID-19 pandemic is raising concerns among some University of Michigan students in Dearborn and Flint about whether they are getting the same financial help that students on the Ann Arbor campus receive.

Alysia Trevino is with the group One University.

Trevino says the pandemic is adding to the burden of students with fewer financial resources.

“The Dearborn and Flint campuses were in a state of crisis pre-covid. But now students in the state of Michigan are going to be in even greater financial need,” says Trevino.

In particular, the group wants the university to expand its Go Blue Guarantee, which provides tuition assistance, but only to students pursuing undergraduate studies in Ann Arbor.

One university regent says the students have raised valid concerns regarding finances and equity.     

“Just last month, the board voted to establish a new standing committee to focus specifically on the Dearborn and Flint campuses,” says Regent Michael Behm. 

The University’s Board of Regents will be discussing budget issues next week. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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