Thinking about pursuing a college degree or certificate?

Whether you're hoping to change careers, gain new skills to prepare for a promotion, or pursue a new passion, it's never too late to return to school.

As one of the nation’s top-rated—and most affordable—community colleges, WCC is the perfect place for adult learners and students to start or return to their studies. With over 135 programs to choose from, 49 of which are entirely online, WCC provides the academic excellence and individualized support you need to thrive.

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The Flexibility You Need, the Community You Deserve

Returning to school can be nerve-wracking—especially if you’re studying something new or returning after a long time away. But at WCC, you’ll never be alone. Our vibrant, unique community is filled with students of all ages committed to meeting their educational and professional goals. Over 40% of our students are over age 25, and most balance classes with full- or part-time work and family commitments. We know that’s a lot of juggling, so we offer flexible program schedules designed to fit your life, including on-line or on-campus programs, including evening and weekend options.


of those attending WCC are age 25 or older


of our students age 25 and older come to WCC with a post-secondary degree and come here to refresh or learn new skills


On average, more than 1,300 of WCC’s adult learners age 25 and older earn a degree or certificate each year

Financial Support to Make Your Educational Goals a Reality

We believe everyone should be able to access higher education, no matter their financial resources. That’s why WCC offers one of the lowest tuition rates in Michigan, even for out-of-district and out-of-state students. Plus, we’re committed to helping you access the financial assistance you need to realize your educational dreams. A wide range of scholarships are available, including child care scholarships.


of adult learners age 25 plus at WCC receive some type of financial aid support to help them achieve their goals.

Michigan Reconnect

State Expands Reconnect Scholarships for 21-24 Year Olds

For a limited time only, those 21 to 24 are now eligible for Michigan Reconnect! Earn your degree or certificate tuition-free at Washtenaw Community College. Time to apply is limited, but your future doesn't have to be. Say hello to making more money, landing a better job and pursuing your passion.

If you’re a Michigan resident aged 25 or older, you may be eligible for a Michigan Reconnect Scholarship. This program is designed to help adult learners without a degree get their educations back on track and achieve their personal and professional goals. The scholarship pays the cost of in-district tuition for qualifying students who plan to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate at a Michigan public community college. If you’re from a different district, you may still qualify for significant tuition reductions at WCC.

Get Four Years of College for the Price of One

Interested in earning a bachelor’s? Get your degree for the price of one year with three years free at WCC. The Michigan Transfer Agreement makes it simple to transfer to more than 30 different colleges and universities, including Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. On average, you can save more than $25,000 on your degree by starting at WCC.

Other Financial Resources

Whether or not you’re eligible for Michigan Reconnect, we can help you find scholarships and grants to reduce the cost of your degree or program. Since higher education costs don’t end with tuition, we also offer access to free online textbooks and learning resources. Since all of us face unexpected challenges at times, our Student Resource Center offers an emergency food pantry and can connect you with additional community support and financial assistance if you need it.

Learn More About Financial Support at WCC

Whatever You Need, We’re Here to Help

We know there’s more to your life than school. That’s why we offer extensive resources to help you balance your responsibilities, make the most of your education, and take on whatever challenges you may face inside or outside the classroom.

WCC’s Student Success Team is committed to helping make your return to school as easy as possible. We’ll guide you through processes like transferring credits and registering for classes, help you decide which courses to take, and point you to academic resource centers to help you study. If you enroll in a degree program, you’ll receive one-on-one support from a Success Coach who will work with you to develop and move toward your goals. Plus, our small class sizes mean that you’ll always have personal access to your instructors, who serve as Faculty Mentors.

Navigating a career transition can be tricky. The WCC Center for Career Success offers the professional development advice and support you need to make the most of your new qualifications. We can help you write a new resumé and cover letter, practice your interview skills, and connect you with internship and co-op opportunities and potential future employers.

As an adult learner, you have a lot on your plate. WCC’s team of licensed professional counselors can help you work through a wide range of personal challenges. We also offer support groups and meetings for students struggling with addiction issues.
jason franchi

I never thought I would be in this position. WCC equipped me with the knowledge and confidence I never thought I would have from an academic perspective. The staff is phenomenal.

statia hamilton

You can tell my instructors love what they do. If we had our struggles they went the extra mile to make sure we were successful. If it wasn't for the great leadership I was under, I would not be in this position now.

It’s Always Your Time at WCC

At WCC, there’s no such thing as a “traditional” student. Whether you’re enrolling in college for the first time or coming back after many years, we can help you you can find your place—and meet your goals. When you’re ready, we’re here.


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