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Michigan to give free community college tuition to eligible residents 25 and older

Lansing Community College
Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 17:46:55-05

(WXYZ) — The State of Michigan announced a program that will give any Michigander who is 25 or older the chance to get a tuition-free associate degree from a community college or skills certificate.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced the $30 million Michigan Reconnect program which is expected to help 4.1 million people get free community college or a skills certificate.

“All Michiganders deserve a pathway to a good-paying job, whether they choose to pursue a college degree, technical certificate, or an apprenticeship,” Whitmer in a release.

The program will pay the cost of tuition for eligible adults who want an associate degree or skills certificate at their in-district community college.

The program also offers scholarships through more than 70 private training schools that offer 120 different programs.

You can submit applications at Michigan.gov/Reconnect.

It's also available to those who are in community college as it will pay the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory frees.

“Reconnect offers a path for so many Michiganders hoping to begin – or complete – their education and career journey,” LEO Acting Director Susan Corbin said in a release. “This program, like so many others we’re focused on, will help expand opportunity for all Michiganders and make Michigan a better place to live, work and play.”

To be eligible for Michigan Reconnect, you must:

  • Be at least 25 years old when you apply
  • Have lived in Michigan for a year or more
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)

The bipartisan group of lawmakers approved the $30 million in funding, led by state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, state Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, state Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing and former state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy, D-Davison.

“Even if Michigan were able to keep every high school and college graduate, it wouldn't be enough to fill our state’s talent gap,” Horn said in a release. “Our aim with Michigan Reconnect is to meet our state’s workforce need by encouraging and assisting residents to afford and achieve a college credential or advanced certificate. Now our state has a tool to reach out to adults wanting to pursue postsecondary education, if they choose to.”

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