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Michigan Reconnect

Free Tuition Program from the State of Michigan

"Maybe Someday" Just Became "Definitely Today"

If you've always wanted to earn a degree and pursue your passions, now is the time. With Michigan Reconnect, you can earn your associate degree or skills certificate from SMC tuition-free*. 

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

  • At least 25 years old when you apply
  • Have lived in Michigan for a year or more
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor's)

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 covers in-district community college tuition after other forms of aid have been applied. If you attend a college outside your district, you will have to pay any difference in the cost of tuition. Michigan Reconnect covers tuition only; it does not cover any institutional or course fees. 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.

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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