Wayne State University is offering support to students who participate in the newly released Michigan Reconnect program through the State of Michigan. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s after obtaining their associate degree through Michigan Reconnect will be considered for a $4,000 transfer award: $2,000 per academic year for two consecutive years beginning the term of admission.
“Wayne State is building on an excellent program by extending the benefits of the Michigan Reconnect program to ensure a smooth transition for eligible community college students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degrees at a world-class research university,” said Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson. “Accessibility and affordability are pillars of the Wayne State experience, and we’re pleased to be able to team up with community colleges to offer this program to our students.”
Michigan Reconnect will pay the cost of tuition for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate at their in-district community college. The program also offers skills scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition for more than 70 private training schools, with 120 programs that offer certificates in high-demand careers in industries such as manufacturing, construction, information technology, health care and business management.
“The Michigan Reconnect program is a fantastic resource for residents of Michigan who are 25 and over,” said Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo. “Wayne State University endeavors to support adult learners throughout their journey toward a four-year college degree and produce graduates who will strengthen our state’s workforce and economy.”
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Dawn Medley is eager to welcome more adult learners with Wayne State’s Reconnect Transfer Award.
“Michigan Reconnect is an essential program for adult learners wanting to complete their goal of earning a college degree,” Medley said. “For those wishing to take their associate degree and turn it into a bachelor’s for optimal career potential, Wayne State University is here for you. We are committed to supporting the statewide postsecondary attainment goal of 60% by 2030. We want to work with our community college partners to assist students in making a successful transition to Wayne State with the necessary support systems in place.”
To be eligible for Wayne State’s Reconnect Transfer Award, students must meet eligibility requirements of the State of Michigan Reconnect program, have earned an associate degree at a Michigan community college, and enroll in a WSU degree program to earn their first bachelor’s. Students will be automatically considered for merit-based funding in addition to the Reconnect Transfer Award.