Michigan Reconnect has expanded to include more Michigan residents.

Michigan Reconnect

You May Be Eligible for Free or Reduced Tuition through the Michigan Reconnect Program

Michigan Reconnect Has Expanded To Include Residents 21+

"Maybe someday" just became "definitely today." If you've always wanted to earn a degree and pursue your passions, now is the time. Especially since Michigan Reconnect has expanded its program to include residents 21 and older! With Michigan Reconnect, you can earn your associate degree or skills certificate from SMC with free or reduced tuition.

Michigan Reconnect is a State of Michigan program that awards free community college tuition to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have lived in Michigan for over one year
  • Will be at least 21 by November 15, 2024
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor's)
  • Are enrolled in an aid-eligible program

To get started, apply for Michigan Reconnect at michigan.gov/reconnect, then apply for admission to SMC.

For more information, including FAQs, visit michigan.gov/reconnect.

It's Never Too Late

An education beyond high school opens the door to many new opportunities. Michigan Reconnect can help you get there—tuition-free. 

$7,500 more per year in earnings with a two-year degree

75% of Michigan jobs will require education beyond high school

*Michigan Reconnect provides tuition assistance up to the cost of in-district tuition charges after other forms of aid have been applied. Reconnect applies to tuition charges only; it does not cover registration and technology fees, housing charges, or other expenses. For details visit michigan.gov/reconnect.

Why Reconnect at SMC?

SMC offers day, evening, and online programs and personable support services to suit the needs of adults like you who need to manage work and family while earning a degree. Learn more about programs and services for adult learners here.

Adult students ready to graduate

Programs in In-demand Fields

We can get you started in nearly any high-wage, high-demand career. You can even complete a four-year degree on our Dowagiac campus through our partnership with Ferris State University.

View all our degree and certificate programs here.

Two Convenient Locations

Southwestern Michigan College has campuses in Dowagiac and Niles, so you can take classes in a location close to you.*

*Programs offered vary by location.

The commons area on the Niles Campus