Oakland Community College
Michigan Reconnect

Michigan Reconnect

Get Free Tuition to Earn a Degree or Certificate at OCC from Michigan Reconnect Program

Oakland Community College, in partnership with the Michigan Reconnect program, is offering free in-district tuition to qualifying Michigan residents who want to earn an associate degree or certificate. Students have four years to complete an associate degree or eligible certificate in one program of study.

Who Qualifies? 

Michigan residents must meet all the following criteria:

  • At least 25 years of age
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Do not currently hold a college or university degree
  • Students must complete at least six-credit hours in a semester and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in a 12-month period.

Why Reconnect?

75% of the jobs in Michigan will require education beyond high school in the near future. OCC and Michigan Reconnect can help you qualify for these in-demand jobs—tuition-free. The result: Increased earnings and career opportunities. 

Examples of OCC’s programs that lead to in-demand careers:

  • Certificates in programs like Automobile Servicing and HVAC that can lead to median incomes of more than $43,000
  • Associate degrees that can lead to median incomes starting at $48,000 and rising to nearly $68,000 in areas like Computer Information Systems and Health Care

Apply Today!

Once you qualify for the Michigan Reconnect scholarship you can begin attending the next available semester at OCC as a full-time or part-time student. To get started, please complete the following:

Additional Questions?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a degree from another school. Am I eligible for the Reconnect Program?

Unfortunately, the program is only eligible to applicants who have not received a degree.

I am an out-of-district student. Can I still enroll at Oakland Community College?

Yes, you can use your Reconnect scholarship at Oakland Community College. The Reconnect scholarship will cover the cost of in-district tuition and fees. Out-of-district students will be responsible for the additional costs of tuition and fees.

I received an email from Financial Aid stating I need to complete an 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.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA application?

Everyone participating in the Reconnect Program is required to complete a FAFSA application.

My Reconnect scholarship is described as “restricted.” Why?

The Reconnect Scholarship is limited to the cost of in-district tuition and fees. It cannot be used towards any other costs including books and supplies.

Already Started?  Here is what you need to know to continue

Michigan Reconnect Scholarship Renewal

Students are eligible to continue to participate in the Michigan Reconnect Scholarship program until they complete their degree or for up to 4 years from when they began the program. Students will need to complete the following to remain eligible to continue the program:

  • Maintain continuous enrollment as at least a half-time student in a Title IV eligible program at an eligible institution leading to an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential, unless an authorized leave of absence is granted.
  • Students must complete at least six-credit hours in a semester and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in a 12-month period.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA while in the program.
  • Submit a FAFSA every year.

Enrollment Services

Auburn Hills Campus
B Building, Second Floor
2900 Featherstone Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2845
Phone 248.232.4100

Highland Lakes Campus
Woodland Hall
7350 Cooley Lake Rd
Waterford, MI 48327-4187
Phone 248.942.3100

Orchard Ridge Campus
M Building, First Floor
27055 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334-4579
Phone 248.522.3400

Royal Oak Campus
B Building, First Floor
739 S. Washington Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067-3898
Phone 248.246.2400

Southfield Campus
Inside Main Entrance - upper level
22322 Rutland Drive
Southfield, MI 48075-4793
Phone 248.233.2700

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