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After your Reconnect scholarship application has been accepted and you complete the three steps necessary to start participating in the scholarship program, you will have up to four years (four 12-month periods) from your first semester as a scholarship participant to complete an associate degree or Pell-eligible skill certificate – unless you earn an associate degree earlier than that.

To maintain the scholarship during that entire time, there are certain requirements that you’ll need to meet annually:

  • Continue to be a resident of this state.
  • Be continuously enrolled. That means enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) per semester for at least 2 semesters within a 12-month period. The scholarship cannot be applied to any semester in which you’re enrolled for less than 6 credits.
    • Your 12-month periods will depend on the first semester in which you began participating in the Reconnect scholarship program.
      • For example, if your first semester with the scholarship program was in the Summer, then you’d need to enroll again at least half-time again in the one of the two following semesters (Fall or Winter/Spring) to meet continuous enrollment for that first 12-month period.
    • The semesters do not need to be consecutive, but the credits must be in your program of study. Please note that the scholarship cannot be applied to any semester in which you’re enrolled for less than 6 credits towards your program of study.
    • If you're not able to be continuously enrolled due to a hardship issue, you may be able to apply for a 'leave of absence' from the scholarship. If approved, you may be able to continue receiving the scholarship award. Contact the office of financial aid at your college to learn if the leave of absence is appropriate for you and how you can apply.
      • If you take a leave of absence, once you return, your 12-month periods will start from the semester you return. Your four-year clock will not restart, but the time you have left on it will remain.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average in the courses you take towards your program of study as a Michigan Reconnect participant.
    • This GPA may be different from your overall GPA. Your college will calculate this after you’ve been enrolled at least half-time in your program of study at their college for at least 2 semesters within a year. Check with your college to see when they will be calculating the GPA and if you have concerns about not meeting the GPA requirement for this scholarship.
  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.
    • See MI Student Aid's website on What FAFSA Do I Complete? if you have questions about which FAFSA to complete each year, when it's due, and what you may need to complete it. Our College Checklist also has helpful guidance about completing the FAFSA if you’re having trouble filing it again.
  • Participate in any academic coaching programs or other college success services your college offers to Reconnect participant.
    • Your college may offer supportive services that could help you stay focused, stay on track, and graduate on time. Check with your college to learn more about what services, if any, may be available and beneficial to you or that you may be required to participate in as a Reconnect participant.

If you have questions or concerns about not meeting the requirements of the scholarship program, contact your college to see if you’re on track. Your Navigator can also help provide you with guidance.