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Welcome to the Presidents Council

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.
 

PCSUM Names Daniel Hurley to Replace Retiring Michael Boulus as Association Executive

We are pleased to announce Daniel J. Hurley will become the new CEO of the Presidents Council effective July 1, replacing Michael A. Boulus who is retiring from the council after serving fourteen years as its leader. Read here.

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  • Impressive Arrival at a Presidential Investiture

    February 12, 2015/Inside Higher Ed

    Fritz Erickson's investiture as president of Northern Michigan University featured such traditional moments as an inaugural speech and the board chair presenting the chain of the office. But the ceremony started with a video showing a more innovative way to arrive on the scene.
  • Gov. Snyder to Propose Increases to Higher Education and Community College Budgets

    February 09, 2015/MLive

    By Kyle Feldscher 

    LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder plans to ask the Michigan Legislature to approve a $28 million increase in state spending for university operations when he unveils his 2016 executive budget on Wednesday.

    That two percent bump is the largest ongoing funding increase the governor will propose, according to his office. If approved by lawmakers, the higher education budget would reach $1.544 billion next year, with $1.4 billion coming from the state's general fund.

    "It's one of the keys to the future," said Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel. "So, the governor has made investing in this area a strong priority again."

    While an increase, the higher education budget still won't reach funding levels last seen under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
  • 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.
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