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Michigan launches tuition-free program for adults 25 and up

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Michigan on Tuesday began accepting applications for tuition-free assistance for adults 25 and older to earn an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate at their local community college or a private training school.

The Michigan Reconnect program is being supported with an initial $30 million in state funding. Applicants must be at least 25, have lived in the state a year or more, have a high school diploma or equivalent and not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

More than 4.1 million residents could be eligible. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed the program after taking office two years ago.

Funding was secured in the budget she signed last fall.