By Dr. David H. Devier, President, Glen Oaks Community College
For those who have not heard, the State of Michigan has created and funded two tuition support programs to help individuals garner college certificates and degrees. These programs entitled, Futures for Frontliners and Project Reconnect, were recently signed into law by the governor.
The Futures for Frontliners program applications are closed for this budget year, but it is expected that the program will be funded again in the state’s next budget based on the great enrollment success it has received. Glen Oaks currently has a significant number of Frontliners enrolled and the hope is for this continued engagement. To stay informed on this program, visit: michigan.gov/frontliners on a regular basis to learn the latest concerning the next funding cycle opportunity.
The Michigan Reconnect program application process is now under way for the summer and fall semesters.
To be eligible for Michigan Reconnect, one must:
- Be at least 25 years old at time of application
- Have lived in Michigan for a year or more
- Have a high school diploma
- Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)
This full tuition support allows one to earn an associate degree or Pell-eligible skill certificate at one’s in-district community college. For those attending college in the district where they live, tuition is free. For those attending a college not in their district of residence, Reconnect pays the in-district portion of the tuition and the student pays the remaining balance.
- Apply online for Michigan Reconnect by visiting: michigan.gov/reconnect. The application takes less than five minutes to complete and can be done on a mobile phone. If one is having difficulties using a mobile device, it is recommended to use a different browser or computer.
- Apply to community college. All community colleges and tribal colleges in Michigan qualify. Apply to Glen Oaks by visiting: Glenoaks.edu, and clicking on the Apply for Admissions Now tab. Current GOCC students do not need to complete this step.
- Submit your FAFSA. This is financial aid provided by the federal government.
- Enroll in an eligible program and start classes. You must be in school at least half time and stay enrolled continuously through graduation.
Remember, tuition is free at an in-district community college, and Michigan Reconnect pays that portion of the tuition, while the remainder is paid by the student.
These programs and initiatives support Michigan’s goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree from 45% today to 60% by 2030.
Glen Oaks stands ready to serve your educational needs and assist you in accessing these exciting tuition support programs aimed at adding value to the lives of our community members. Visit: glenoaks.edu today to begin planning for your future!