Rep. Mark Huizenga of Walker today voted for a plan that would provide public university or community college tuition grants to survivors of police and firefighters who die while protecting their communities.
The Michigan House approved the plan, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.
“This is an important way to honor the sacrifice of our police and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty,” said Huizenga, who chairs a budget subcommittee devoted to higher education and community colleges. “It also is an important way to help their families by expanding access to higher education and all of the beneficial opportunities it provides.”
House Bill 4247 expands the Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Grant Act. The legislation would eliminate a financial means test now required by the program, making it accessible to any survivor who otherwise qualifies. Children must have been under 21 at the time of the first responder’s death, and they must apply for the program before turning 26.
The plan also modifies what can be counted as tuition assistance, which could allow for larger grant awards to students.