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 enroll in at least six-credit hours in a semester and be enrolled in a least two semesters in a 12-month period.

Additional Funding Support Now Available

Oakland County residents who are enrolled in the Michigan Reconnect program and in need of funding for costs not covered (such as books, supplies and other related expenses, as well as supportive services such as transportation and childcare), may be eligible for additional support through Oakland County Michigan Works! Call 248-858-5520 and select the service center nearest to you to schedule an appointment.

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

What costs are not covered by the Michigan Reconnect program?

The program does not cover any of the following costs:

  • Textbooks, supplies, or required equipment
  • Class fees (vary by course)
  • Transportation
  • Childcare

However, through a new partnership with Oakland County Michigan Works, eligible residents may receive additional financial support to cover these expenses. This support is made possible through the American Rescue Plan. Contact your nearest Oakland County Michigan Works! office between 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday, to learn about your specific case.

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.

How will I know if the State of Michigan approved my application for the Michigan Reconnect Scholarship Program?

After completing and submitting the application successfully, you will immediately receive an automated on-screen response.

How will I know if I successfully submitted my Oakland Community College application and was admitted to OCC?

First, you’ll receive a confirmation email stating your application has been received. Within two business days, you will receive an email with your admissions letter and student number in your personal email account.

How will I know if my FAFSA application was processed and the amount of my Reconnect/Financial Aid award?

If no further information is needed for your financial aid, all students that have successfully completed an application to the State of Michigan and an application to Oakland Community College will receive emails in their OCC student email accounts within 7-10 days after successfully completing and submitting their FAFSAs.

How can I check my Financial Award status if I have not yet activated my OCC student email?

Students may check their award status using Financial Aid’s Self-Service after logging in to MyOCC, selecting students, and then Financial Aid Self-Service.

Already participating in the Michigan Reconnect program?

You are eligible to continue to participate in the Michigan Reconnect scholarship program until you complete your degree or for up to 4 years from the date you began the program. To remain eligible, please complete the following:

  • 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.• 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.
  • 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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