You are eligible to continue to participate in the Michigan Reconnect scholarship
program until you complete your degree or for up to 4 years from the date you began
the program. To remain eligible, please complete the following:
What additional supports are available for Michigan Reconnect students?
I am an out-of-district student. Can I still enroll at Oakland Community College?
- Over 40 success workshops are available to you 24/7 through the online orientation platform
- OCC counselors can provide you with guidance and refer you to resources to support you with academic and life needs
- The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free tutoring, skills seminars, and study groups across a wide range of
- Oakland County Michigan WORKS! Is offering additional funding to help you pay for books, supplies, and life expenses, as well as childcare scholarships to support your with academic and life needs
- ACCESS provides accommodations and services to eligible students, to help meet their learning
- Student Engagement provides many ways to get involved, connect with fellow students, and develop both
personally and professionally in your time at OCC
I have an Associate's or Bachelor degree from another school. Am I eligible for the
|Yes, you can use your Reconnect scholarship at Oakland Community College. The Reconnect
scholarship will cover the cost of in-district tuition (includes billable contact hours) and the student support fee based on student residency. Out-of-district students will be responsible for the remaining difference between
the out of district and in district costs.
When Will I be responsible for N marks and withdrawals?
Unfortunately, the program is only available to applicants who have not yet received
a college degree.
What costs are not covered by the Michigan Reconnect program?
2nd year, 2nd semester in program and beyond (N marks and withdrawals)
- Effective the second semester of the second year, if you receive a W (withdraw) grade
and/or fail to attend any course (N mark), you will be responsible for the entire
cost of those courses. You will be unable to register for additional courses until
the balance if paid in full.
Who qualifies for Michigan Reconnect as an eligible non-citizen or undocumented student?
The program is restricted in that it does not cover any of the following costs:
- Textbooks, supplies, or required equipment
- Follett textbook inclusive access fees and taxes
- Program and Class fees
However, through a new partnership with Oakland County Michigan Works, eligible residents may receive additional financial support to cover these expenses.
This support is made possible through the American Rescue Plan. Contact your nearest
Oakland County Michigan Works! office between 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday, to learn
about your specific case.
Do I have to complete a FAFSA application?
If you are eligible non-citizen, undocumented or DACA student, you may qualify. You
will need to complete a FAFSA and meet all other qualifications.
Generally, you are an eligible noncitizen if you are a/an:
• Citizen of the Republic of Palua, Republic of the Marshall Islands or Federated
States of Micronesia
• US national including natives of American Samoa or Swains Island
• US permanent resident holding an I-551, I-151 or I-551C Card
• US citizen’s spouse who holds a Conditional Green Card
• Refugee, Asylees, Parolee, Conditional Entrant or Cuban-Haitian Entrant with an
Arrival-Departure Record I-94
• Victim of human trafficking holding a T-visa or the child of a parent holding a
• Victim of domestic abuse holding a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Visa or her
How many credits must I take to be eligible for an award?
Students participating in the Reconnect Program are required to complete a FAFSA every
year they participate in the program as well as complete verification if required.
2022-2023 FAFSA for Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Summer 2023
2023-2024 FAFSA for Fall 2023, Winter 2024 and Summer 2024
Do I need to maintain a certain GPA to continue to receive Reconnect?
|Starting Summer 2023 and moving forward into the 2023-24 school year if you are enrolled
in at least 1 credit in an eligible program you can qualify for Reconnect.
I received an email from Financial Aid stating I need to complete a SAP appeal. Do
I need to complete the SAP appeal?
|Yes, Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the courses taken toward the program
of study while a Reconnect participant. Grades earned prior to the student's participation
in the Reconnect and courses taken that are not part of the program of study are not
considered. This is a new opportunity to meet the standard when you start in the
How many times can I repeat a course and use Reconnect Funds?
|Students participating in the Reconnect Program will not be required to complete the
SAP appeal to receive the Reconnect scholarship. However, a SAP appeal could allow
eligible students to access additional funding sources for costs that Michigan Reconnect
does not cover.
Can I change my program of Study?
|Reconnect follows the Federal financial aid rules on repeating coursework. Federal
rules allow a student to repeat a passed course only one additional time and a failed
course multiple times until passed.
If I do not meet the renewal eligibility requirements, can reconnect be reinstated
in future years?
|Yes, a student may change to another financial aid eligible certificate or associate
degree program. Students may not receive Reconnect funding after earning an associate
If a student loses eligibility for continuous enrollment, they may be eligible to
complete a leave of absence/continued eligible appeal. Please send email to receive additional information about the appeal process.
Once a student loses their scholarship eligibility for not meeting the GPA requirement,
not beginning participation on time, or earning an Associate's degree; the award cannot