Sometimes life gets in the way of a dream. Work, kids, military, money, health issues – sometimes all of the above.
But it’s never too late.

If you’re thinking about starting or returning to college to prepare for a secure and rewarding career, now’s the time.

Michigan Reconnect is a new scholarship program for eligible adults 25 years and older who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate.
This is your chance to take the next step in life you have long considered!


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Education beyond high school opens up a world of opportunities for professional achievement and personal fulfillment. While choosing to go back to school is a major decision, tens of thousands of adults return to learning every day. In fact, according to U.S. Census figures, there are 54 million people in the American workforce with some college but without a degree. So, you are not alone! Whether returning to earn a certificate, associates, bachelors or graduate degree, it is important to remember that education is a powerful tool for career success and personal growth. Once achieved, adult learners often share that there was no better gift they could have given their
families or themselves. The decision to return to learning will not only benefit you, but may motivate friends and family to think about their own potential. In your own quest for personal advancement, you may become a role model for others to do the same.

Follow the links below for guidance on the process back to college!

Financial Assistance – Find out how to qualify for federal and state aid including loans, grants, and work study.  It’s as simple as filling out the FAFSA! College financial aid representatives at the college you are going to can help with this process if needed!

Click here to view a list of questions to be sure to ask the admissions rep at colleges or training facilities that you may be interested in!

Check with your local Michigan Works agency to determine if they have programs that might assist you in the process of furthering your education! The local office is located at 195 North Michigan Avenue in Shelby and can be reached at 231.259.2000. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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