MUSKEGON, Mich. — Starting tomorrow Michigan residents 25 years old can apply for the Michigan Reconnect program, which helps pay for training for non-traditional students who want to earn a certificate in the skilled trades or an associate degree.
“This is a great opportunity - a wonderful gift to Michigan residents - that eliminates one of the biggest concerns about going to college - the cost,” noted MCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Kelley Conrad.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation establishing the Michigan Reconnect Grant Program last April.
“The bipartisan Michigan Reconnect program will connect thousands of Michiganders to good-paying jobs and connect businesses with the talent they need to thrive in their communities,” Gov. Whitmer said at the time, noting that the program would help the state move toward its goal of 60 percent of Michiganders with a postsecondary degree by 2030.
The Michigan Reconnect program covers in-district tuition costs after all other financial aid is applied. Students who do not qualify for Pell Grants would be eligible for some tuition assistance.
Qualifications for the Reconnect program are listed below:
- Be at least 25 years old when you apply
- Be a Michigan resident for at least 1 year (US citizen or eligible noncitizen)
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent, e.g., GED
- Have not yet earned an associate or bachelor’s degree
- Not be in default on a federal student loan
Those who have earned a certificate but have not yet earned an associate or bachelor’s degree, are eligible to apply for this program. Additionally, those currently enrolled in an associate degree program or occupational certificate program but have not completed either, are eligible to apply for this program.
“At MCC, we are always looking for ways to assist our adult community members who might be considering pursuing a degree or certificate,” said John Selmon, provost/executive vice president at MCC. “The Michigan Reconnect program is designed for them. It truly can be a life-changing experience, but they have to take the first step.”
Those with questions can visit Muskegon’s Community College website for more information. Questions regarding the application process or for technical support can visit or call the state’s customer care center at (517) 636-7000.