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Am I eligible for the Michigan Reconnect scholarship?

To be eligible for free in-district tuition at a public community college in Michigan, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old when you apply.
  • Be a Michigan resident for at least 1 year.
  • Have a high school diploma, high school equivalency (ex: GED), or certificate of completion.
  • Have not yet earned an associate or bachelor's degree.

If you do not have a high school diploma or equivalent, visit to get started.

Once your application has been accepted, you'll need to complete three steps to participate in the scholarship program:

  • Apply to and be admitted to a Michigan public community college.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Enroll in class in a Pell-eligible skill certificate or an associate degree.

Visit our College Checklist for some assistance on how to complete each of these steps if you need help doing so.

Please note that filing your FAFSA requires a social security number or SSN-like number. If you do not have one, then you will not be able to file your FAFSA and will not be eligible to participate in the scholarship program.

Once your FAFSA is filed, if your FAFSA requires federal verification for issues related to eligibility for Reconnect (e.g., residency, high school completion) and you believe this is incorrect or have questions about this, please contact the community college you attend or plan to attend as soon as possible and ask them about how you can verify this information.