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Michigan Reconnect

reconnectMichigan Reconnect provides tuition free access to community college for Michiganders 25 or older without college degrees to pursue Pell-eligible associate degree or occupational certificates.  

Michigan Reconnect is part of the state’s Sixty by 30 attainment goal, which aims to meet Michigan’s talent needs by encouraging and enabling residents to afford and achieve a college credential.

If you are 25 years or older and don’t have a college degree, you may be eligible to attend Delta College tuition-free.   

What does Reconnect cover?

Reconnect will ensure that when you get your semester bill from the community college, the following items will be covered:

  • In-district tuition (If you are an out of district student you are responsible for the difference)
  • Mandatory fees (fees charged to all students per semester or per hour)
  • Contact hours (extra charges for certain courses and programs)

Reconnect is a last-dollar program, which means that any federal Pell grant funds you receive are applied to your tuition and fees first, with Reconnect paying what’s not covered by Pell.  If you don’t qualify for a Pell grant, Reconnect will pay the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees and contact hours.

You will be charged for other costs not covered by Pell or Michigan Reconnect.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, 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 or GED
  • Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)
  • Be enrolled half-time (6 credits) or more

For renewal of the Reconnect Scholarship, a Reconnect student must:

  • Complete the FAFSA annually
  • Maintain residency of this state
  • Maintain continuous enrollment as at least a half-time student in a Pell-eligible program at an eligible institution leading to an associate degree or industry recognized certificate or credential.
  • Maintain Standards of Academic Progress
  • The student must at minimum maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in the courses taken towards their certificate or associate degree program while Reconnect participants.

Getting Started 

Step 1: Complete the Reconnect application

Once your Reconnect application has been submitted to the State of Michigan, the State will determine your eligibility in real time and inform you directly if you have been accepted.

You will be notified of your status on the reconnect application website as well as by email.  If accepted, the State will notify you of additional steps you will need to take advantage of the Reconnect Scholarship.

Reconnect Application


Step 2: Submit a FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is FREE to complete and is required for the Reconnect Scholarship application. Keep in mind that FAFSA can take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to process so start early.

Completion of the FAFSA:

FAFSA Instructions


Step: 3 Apply to Delta

If you're not already a Delta student, you will need to be admitted to the college and complete the admissions steps in order to register for classes and use your scholarship.

APPLY to Delta    Admissions Checklist


Want more information?

Delta College wants to help you achieve your goals. We offer regular information sessions throughout the year. Or you can schedule a one on one appointment to discuss Michigan Reconnect with a Delta staff member.

Reconnect Info Sessions    Book a One on One for Questions


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