Michigan lawmakers debate college scholarship cash

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate funding for a state-sponsored college scholarship program but keep debate about the program alive.

The Republican-led chamber's version of the higher education bill passed 19-17 Tuesday eliminates money for the Michigan Promise scholarship for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. But it keeps a placeholder for the program in the bill in case lawmakers figure out a way to at least partially fund the scholarships.

About 96,000 students are expecting money from the program this

The higher education bill now returns to the Democratic-led House.

Eliminating the program would save the cash-strapped state about $140 million.