Michigan Reconnect lowers age to 21, increases eligibility
UPPER MICHIGAN, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan is working to increase the number of higher education graduates.
The Michigan Reconnect Program offers free or reduced associate degrees or trade certificates to students in their 20s.
“In the budget that I signed a few months ago that just went into effect we’ve lowered the age for the Michigan Reconnect from 25 to 21 which opens the program to an estimated 350,000 more Michiganders including tens of thousands of currently enrolled students,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.
Bay College Director of Financial Aid Ruth Carlson says the expansion means twice as many Bay students are now eligible.
“Right now, we have approximately 200 students that are in our Michigan Reconnect program at Bay College and those are the students that are 25 years or older. We are looking at having approximately 200 of our current students in the 21 age range that may be eligible for this program, too,” Carlson said.
Carlson says the program is especially important for the U.P.
“The Upper Peninsula doesn’t always feel like it has a lot of expanded availability for jobs and opportunities. So having that skill will really grow that opportunity for you as an individual,” Carlson said.
You can apply online for the program until November 15 of next year.
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