If you are age 25 or older and don't have a college degree, you could attend Monroe County Community College TUITION-FREE.
Through Michigan Reconnect, a program of the State of Michigan, students who are age 25 and up can apply to attend MCCC tuition-free to earn an associate degree or Pell Grant-eligible skill certificate. Michigan Reconnect is designed specifically for eligible adults who want to start – or finish – an associate degree, technical degree or skills certificate.
Returning to school may be a big, difficult decision. But this is the right time to do it.
To be eligible*, you must:
- Apply for Admission to MCCC
- Be at least 25 years old when you apply
- Be a Michigan resident for at least 1 year (U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen)
- Be a resident of Monroe County
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent (e.g., a GED)
- Have not yet earned an associate or bachelor's degree
*Additional eligibility requirements may apply.
Questions? We're here to help.
Do you have questions? Check out the FAQ section below. This section also outlines some additional requirements for both obtaining and retaining Michigan Reconnect funding.
Please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid via the contact information detailed below. Our financial aid specialists are waiting to hear from you and are ready to assist you in taking advantage of the opportunities provided by this exciting new program.
Are there credit hour requirements for Michigan Reconnect funding?
Yes. Students who receive Michigan Reconnect funding must take six credit hours each semester to receive the funding. They must also complete 12 credit hours within a 12-month period to retain the funding.
What is the GPA requirement?
Students need to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average since the start of receiving Michigan Reconnect funding.
Do I need to apply for financial aid?
Yes. In order to receive Michigan Reconnect funding, students must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file for the correct academic year. For the Fall 2022 semester, a 2022-2023 FAFSA is needed.
What costs does Michigan Reconnect cover?
The program covers Monroe County-resident tuition for billable contact hours, as well registration and technology fees.
What costs does Michigan Reconnect not cover?
It does not cover lab fees, course fees, books and supplies.
If I live outside Monroe County, can I still take advantage of Michigan Reconnect Funding at MCCC?
Yes, but the program will not cover the difference between in-country tuition and out-of-county tuition.
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Students need to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average since the start of receiving Reconnect funding. The cumulative 2.0 GPA is calculated at the end of each 12-month period of enrollment. The first 12-month period begins at the start of the student's first semester as an Reconnect participant in which they are enrolled at least 6 credit hours. If the student does not meet this eligibility requirement they will permanently lose the ability to participate in the Reconnect program.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement:
In addition to being enrolled at least half-time (6 or more credit hours), the Reconnect program requires that students attend at least two semesters within a twelve-month period. Students who do not meet these criteria lose their eligibility for the program. The credit hours you attend must apply towards your program of study at MCCC.
Leave of Absence Appeal:
We know that life and program availability sometimes disrupts college attendance. Due to this, there is an option for you to appeal the continuous enrollment requirement and request that you be allowed to continue as a Reconnect recipient. Students may request the Leave of Absence Appeal form through the Financial Aid Office.
Appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Appeals may be granted for reinstatement or denied reinstatement.
Withdrawing from Classes:
For a student's first 12-month period receiving Reconnect funding, the scholarship will cover the tuition and mandatory fee costs of courses from which the student withdraws. From the second semester of a student's 2nd 12-month period and on, the tuition and mandatory fee costs of courses from which the student withdraws must be paid by the student.