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What is Michigan Reconnect?

Reconnect is a new state financial aid program for Michiganders 25 or older without a college degree. This program provides eligible students with tuition-free access to pursue an associate degree or occupational certificate at their local community college.

Reconnect is available beginning summer 2021. If you have been thinking about starting or returning to college, now is the right time, and GRCC is the right place.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Michigan resident, with continuous residency for at least the preceding 12 months.
  • Be 25 years or older at the time of application.
  • Have not previously earned an associate or bachelor's degree.
  • Meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements, including:
    • Be either a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen, based on federal financial aid requirements.
    • Have a high school diploma or GED.

Past Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is not required for the Reconnect program.

What costs does Reconnect cover?

  • Tuition and mandatory fees at the resident tuition rate.
  • Mandatory fees covered: Student Records, Technology, Campus Activities, and Facilities Maintenance.
  • Course and Online Course fees are not covered.
  • Students who live outside of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) will receive a cost savings on their tuition rate, but their associate degree or certificate will not be tuition-free. Students will pay the difference between the resident and non-resident rate.

What are my next steps?

For currently enrolled students

  1. Apply for Michigan Reconnect.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Planning to attend in Summer 2021? Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA. If attending the Fall 2021 semester, complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.
  3. Enroll in 6 or more credits required for your certificate or associate degree program.

For returning students

Have you attended GRCC in the past, but not taken classes recently?

  1. Apply for Michigan Reconnect.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Planning to attend in Summer 2021? Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA. If attending the Fall 2021 semester, complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.
  3. If you have taken classes within the last two years, your account is still active and you can sign up for classes through the Online Center. Forgot your student ID or password? Call the Enrollment Center at (616)-234-3300 for help.
  4. Enroll in 6 or more credits required for your certificate or associate degree program.

If it has been two years or longer since you last attended, you will need to complete the Declaration of Academic Program before you can enroll in classes.

For students who are new to GRCC

  1. Apply for Michigan Reconnect.
  2. Apply to GRCC.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Planning to attend in Summer 2021? Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA. If attending the Fall 2021 semester, complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.

Already applied for Michigan Reconnect?

  1. Check your Application Status

Still deciding on your career path?

GRCC offers free online assessment tools and individualized career counseling.

Questions?

See Frequently Asked Questions or connect with us directly!

Schedule an Admissions Specialist appointment

Schedule a Financial Aid appointment

Email: reconnect@grcc.edu
Phone: (616) 234-3366
Text: (616) 504-6178

Faculty & Staff

Leadership

Ann Isackson

Ann Isackson

Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

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