Oakland Community College
Michigan Reconnect

Michigan Reconnect

Get Free Tuition to Earn a Degree or Certificate

OCC, in partnership with the Michigan Reconnect program, can help you qualify for in-demand jobs—tuition free.  The program offers free in-district tuition to qualifying Michigan residents. Increase your earnings and career opportunities by earning an associate degree or certificate. You'll have four years to complete one program of study.

Who Qualifies? 

  • At least 25 years of age at time of application
  • Be a Michigan resident at least one year before start of semester
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and undocumented students
  • Hold a high school diploma, certificate of completion, or high school equivalency certificate
  • Do not currently hold a college or university degree (Associate or Bachelor)
  • Applicant may be in default on a federal loan or owe a Title IV overpayment and still be considered for Reconnect

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From High School Dropout to OCC Admissions Team, OCC Alumnus Inspires Students

“I’m an adult learner. I dropped out of school and later decided to go back to do something for me and prove to my four kids I could do something more. I’m balancing going to college, being a mom, going to dance competitions and soccer games. I worked so hard to get my GPA up and did it! I know if I can do this, others can too!”  Learn more...

New, Current and Returning Students for Michigan Reconnect -Complete These Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the Michigan Reconnect scholarship program
  2. Complete a Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application 
  3. Become an OCC student using one of the checklists below:

Requirements to start/continue in the Michigan Reconnect Program?

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:

  • Submit a FAFSA every year. List OCC's school code as the first college choice:  002303
    • 2023-24 FAFSA for Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Summer 2024
  • Students must have ONLY ONE eligible program of study on record.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA while in the program.
  • Starting Fall 2023, to meet continuous enrollment (CE), you must earn at least 12 credit hours with a passing grade in the 2023-24 academic year (Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Summer 2024).   You can receive Reconnect if you are enrolled in at least 1 credit, but you need 12 credits earned in the academic year to maintain CE.
  • Programs ineligible for funding - Financial Aid Eligibility
  •  The following  courses are not eligible for funding:
    • Mathematics - MAT - 1100/1100E
    • English - ENG 1060
    • All students attending OCC through Michigan Reconnect are required to follow these policies regardless of whether they are using the PELL Grant, another aid source, or Michigan Reconnect funds as last dollar assistance.  This means that the Federal PELL Grant and other State or Institutional tuition specific scholarships must be used first before Reconnect can be applied.

Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions

What additional supports are available for Michigan Reconnect students?

  • 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 subject
  • 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 needs
  • Student Engagement provides many ways to get involved, connect with fellow students, and develop both personally and professionally in your time at OCC

I am an out-of-district student. Can I still qualify for Michigan Reconnect?

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.

I have an Associate's or Bachelor degree from another school. Am I eligible for the Reconnect Program?

No, the program is only available to applicants who have not yet received a college degree.


When Will I be responsible for N marks and withdrawals?

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.  

What costs are not covered by the Michigan Reconnect program?

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 
  • Transportation
  • Childcare

Who qualifies for Michigan Reconnect as an eligible non-citizen or undocumented student?

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.

Note:  You will have to obtain an SSN if you do not have one in order to fill out the FAFSA to be considered for Reconnect.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA application?

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

How many credits must I take to be eligible for an award?

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.

Do I need to maintain a certain GPA to continue to receive Reconnect?

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 program.

I received an email from Financial Aid stating I need to complete a SAP appeal. Do I need to complete the SAP appeal?

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.

How many times can I repeat a course and use Reconnect Funds?

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.

Can I change my program of Study?

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 degree.

If I do not meet the renewal eligibility requirements, can reconnect be reinstated in future years?

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 be reinstated.

Additional Questions?

If you need more specific information, visit Michigan Reconnect or email Michigan Reconnect.