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Stay Reconnected

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 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 for at least 2 semesters for a minimum of 6 credits (each semester) within a 12-month period. he semesters do not need to be consecutive, but the credits must be in your program of study.
    • GOOD NEWS: Starting Summer 2023, you can be enrolled in as little as 1 credit in your program of study and still receive Reconnect. This does not, however, apply to past semesters. If you enroll in 1 credit or more in your program of study in Summer 2023, it will still count as 1 of the 2 required semesters for this requirement.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Starting Academic Year 2023-2024

You’ll still have up to four years from your first semester as a scholarship participant to complete an associate degree or Pell-eligible skill certificate, but the requirements to maintain the scholarship will change.

Starting in Academic Year 2023-2024, the requirements you’ll need to meet annually will be to:

  • Continue to be a resident of this state.
  • Maintain enrollment in your program of study and earn a minimum of 12 credits towards your program of study, once you’ve begun an academic year.
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) at your institution or maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA since becoming a Michigan Reconnect participant.
  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • 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.

If you have questions about meeting these requirements, contact your college to see if you’re on track with your scholarship or if you’d be eligible to apply for a ‘scholarship leave of absence’. Your Navigator can also help provide you with guidance and support.