Michigan has been a supporter of online education as far back as 2006, when the state became the first to require an online course or learning experience as a graduation requirement for all students. State Governor Rick Snyder proposed a new “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace,” public school learning model in a 2011 letter outlining state education reform. The plan called for state funding to help promote dual enrollment, blended learning, online education and early college attendance in order to provide education opportunities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The state’s dedication to online education continues beyond high school as well. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are currently 92 institutions of higher education in Michigan that offer some form of distance learning including: fully online bachelor’s degree programs, online degree completion programs, certificates and single online courses.
Michigan has not been exempt from the inflation seen nationwide however, and has, therefore, had to adjust tuition and fees at its public institutions. Partially also due to the limited 4% growth of enrollment, Michigan’s tuition prices for four-year public colleges has risen 41.2% over the last five years, according to College Board’s Trends in Education Series. In addition, total state appropriations for higher education have seen a 19.3% decrease over the same period of time.
Learn more about distance programs offered in Michigan from our informative online database of top online colleges. The State Facts page can also inform you of scholarship opportunities, graduation rates, tuition costs and retention rates in Michigan.