More than 1,100 people have so far been accepted to attend Grand Rapids Community College tuition-free through the Michigan Reconnect program, aimed at helping residents 25 and older gain new skills as the state emerges from the pandemic.
More than 70,000 Michiganders have been accepted into the program statewide, exceeding the government’s goal of 60,000 by Memorial Day, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Students can work toward an associate degree or a career skills certificate.
About a third of GRCC’s Reconnect students are already taking classes this summer. Of these, about 40 percent have restarted their education after time away – and about 10 percent are picking up where they left off 10 or more years ago.
“Michigan Reconnect gives residents an opportunity to return to the classroom and advance in their career or gain new skills in emerging fields,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost. “Take that step forward. No one needs to walk this journey on their own. We want students to be successful so our community as a whole is successful, and we will help them along the way.”
Reconnect covers resident rate tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal scholarships and grants have been applied. GRCC students living outside of the Kent Intermediate School District will pay the difference between the resident and non-resident tuition rates not covered by Reconnect or other financial aid.
People hoping to attend through Reconnect are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. GRCC financial aid specialists are able to help with applications. Additional information is at grcc.edu/pay-college, by phone at (616) 234-4030 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.