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“Whether it’s a registered apprenticeship, an industry-recognized certification, a technical certificate, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree or beyond, higher education or skills training opens so many doors,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement.


Need to Know

  • Michigan Reconnect helps residents 25 and older who do not have college degrees attend community colleges or private training schools with free or deeply discounted tuition. 
  • The program is part of a larger effort to improve Michiganders’ career and financial prospects.
  • To apply, you must be 25 or older, have lived in Michigan for a year or longer, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have not yet obtained a bachelor or associate degree

MICHIGAN–More than 91,000 Michigan students are on their way to getting associate degrees or skills certificates at no or low cost to them, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday. 

The students are part of the Michigan Reconnect scholarship program, which helps those 25 and older who do not have college degrees attend community colleges or private training schools with free or deeply discounted tuition. The program, which launched in February 2021, is part of Whitmer’s larger effort to improve Michiganders’ career and financial prospects by increasing the percentage of adults in the state with a post-secondary degree.

“Whether it’s a registered apprenticeship, an industry-recognized certification, a technical certificate, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree or beyond, higher education or skills training opens so many doors,” Whitmer said in a statement. “We have an ambitious but attainable goal to reach 60% of working-age adults with a postsecondary credential by 2030. Programs like Reconnect help us put Michiganders first and continue growing our economy.” 

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In the past year, more than 91,000 students have been accepted into Michigan Reconnect, including more than 12,000 currently enrolled in a degree or skills certificate program. Another 15,000 are currently awaiting approval.

The program pays for students to attend a community college in their district and offers a substantial discount on tuition if they attend an out-of-district community college. It also covers the cost of attending more than 70 private training schools that offer 120 programs preparing individuals for careers in industries such as manufacturing, construction, health care, or information technology. 

“Michigan’s community colleges work tirelessly every day to change lives of students and make the communities they serve better places to live, learn, and work,” Michigan Community College Association President Brandy Johnson said in a statement

To be eligible for Michigan Reconnect, you must:

  • be 25 or older when you apply
  • have lived in Michigan for a year or longer
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • have not yet obtained a bachelor or associate degree

To learn more, visit Michigan.gov/Reconnect