Earn a tuition-free degree!

If you are 25 years or older, have a high school degree and live in Michigan, then a tuition-free pathway to college may be available through a new program from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Development called Michigan Reconnect. It’s a scholarship designed specifically for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree at a Michigan community college or a skills certificate at a training school. Michigan Reconnect pays the remaining balance of in-district tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied. Students who attend out-of-district community colleges will receive a large tuition discount.


  • At least 25 years old when you apply
  • Michigan resident, having lived in Michigan for a minimum of one year
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have not yet completed any college degrees

Important Information

  • Pre-requisite Courses will be covered by Michigan Reconnect as long as they are within the associate degree or occupational certificate curriculum. However, if there are pre-requisites that must be completed before a student can apply for a specific associate degree or occupational certificate program, those courses will not be covered.
  • Students must enroll in a program of study that is Federal Student Aid (Title IV) eligible. Please speak with your Navigator and Financial Aid Specialist to confirm that your chosen program of study is eligible.

View Jackson College’s policy as it relates to developmental education and course placement.

What steps do I need to take?

Step 1. Learn about Michigan Reconnect

Your first step is to view the resources on the Michigan Reconnect web site.

Step 2. Apply to Michigan Reconnect

Your next is to apply for the Michigan Reconnect scholarship. After applying, you will be notified immediately regarding your eligibility. Have you already applied? Click here to check your application status.

Apply to Michigan Reconnect

Step 3. Apply to Jackson College

After you have applied to Michigan Reconnect, you will need to apply to Jackson College if you haven’t done so already.

Apply to Jackson College

Step 4. Complete the FAFSA

FAFSA completion is a required step for the Michigan Reconnect scholarship. If you need assistance with this step, do not hesitate to connect with Jackson College’s financial aid department.

Complete your FAFSA