Michigan has announced that the state will provide any resident in Michigan who is 25 years or older with the opportunity to work towards a skills certificate or associate degree from a community college, free of tuition.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with a bipartisan group of legislators, announced the $30 million program which they dubbed “Michigan Reconnect.” They expect the program to help about 4.1 million Michigan residents in getting degrees or skills certificates.
In a press release, Whitmer said every Michigander deserves “a pathway to a good-paying job,” and this may be through pursuing a degree, certificate, or an apprenticeship.
The said program will pay for the tuition of eligible people who would like to get a degree or certificate. They will, however, have to study at their in-district community college.
Apart from the offer of free tuition, the state government also offers scholarships in 70 private training schools.
Interested applicants can submit applications through the state government’s webpage for the program.
Application for Free Community College Tuition
Eligible students who are in community college can also apply for the program. The program will pay the remaining balance of fees that the students have.
The people eligible to apply for the program are those who:
- are 25 years of age or older at the time of application
- have lived in Michigan for at least one year
- have earned a high school diploma
- do not have a completed college degree.
Funding that is worth $30 million was approved by a bipartisan group of legislators. The group was led by state Sens. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint), as well as state Reps. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) and Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). Also part of the group is former state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison).
The bipartisan group of lawmakers approved the $30 million in funding, led by state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, state Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, state Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing and former state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy, D-Davison.