Sen. Debbie Stabenow introduces new legislation to help college planning

Senator Debbie Stabenow has introduced new legislation to make it easier for students to plan for college.

The legislation from Sen. Stabenow would get financial aid to students earlier in the process–as soon as eighth grade.

Sen. Stabenow said Wednesday that if students know they have the money coming that early, they can plan and take the steps to prepare in their four years of high school.

The legislation uses Pell Grant money, and she says it was inspired by the success of the Kalamazoo Promise.

“I want to make sure current programs–and Pell Grants are current programs–that young people know it’s there. That if they commit themselves to study and work and get accepted to college, they will have two years minimum of Pell Grants to help them go to school,” she said.

Middle school students would need to be low income to qualify, and then would need to graduate high school.