FLINT (WJRT) (10/26/2017) - Mott Community College hosted a college fair with schools from around Michigan on Thursday, helping student navigate a complicated process of picking a college.
For many students, tuition costs are one of the biggest factors they are considering. The price tag to get a diploma is costing families tens of thousands of dollars.
"Around $15,000 to $20,000, I believe," said Fajqueon Johnson.
To help afford college, high school seniors are doing what they can do to save on costs and prevent taking out loans.
"I tried to do as many scholarships and I've done my FASFA and things of that nature." Johnson said.
The state of Michigan wants to help. Among the dozens of colleges and universities at Mott's college fair, the Michigan Treasurer's Office educated students about the Tuition Incentive Program -- the largest state financial aid program.
"A lot of students here and who've come through the door have walked out with financial aid that they did not know they were eligible for. So, it's been great," said Chad Somerville, an outreach analyst with the Treasurer's Office.
Aniqua Pearson learned she could attend college debt free for two years thanks to the Tuition Incentive Program aid program.
"It means I get to go to school and not take out loans and be in debt," said Aniqua Pearson.