New Michigan Legislation Seeks To Expand Statewide Tuition-Free University Program To Adults Ages 21-24

Michigan lawmakers seek to expand a statewide tuition-free college program that helps adults play for community college tuition or Representative Ben Frederick, R-Owossoskilled trades training, MLive reported.

The Michigan Reconnect program — launched last year — is open to adults over the age of 25 who want to go back to school to earn their first associate’s degree or their first skilled trades certification. It offers free or discounted tuition to those accepted.

Internal invoices 6129 and 6130 — bipartisan bills sponsored by state Reps. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso and Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, and introduced this week — would open up the program to adults ages 21 to 24 to help fill the gaps in education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Michigans returning to school as adults have unique needs and past life experiences that should be recognized by their institutions,” Frederick said in a statement. “The goal is to enable people to receive a job-related credential with minimal or no debt, so they can progress successfully in their careers.”

Frederick — chair of the House Budget Subcommittee on Community Colleges and Higher Education — allocated $155 million in federal COVID relief funding for the expansion of Michigan Reconnect in the House budget proposal for the next exercise.

The state budget must be adopted by September 30.

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