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Retired Educator FAFSA Specialist (REFS)

Launched in partnership with the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential and the Office of Sixty by 30, the Michigan Retired Educator FAFSA Specialist (REFS) program aims to boost FAFSA completion and college enrollment among adult learners aged 21-24 in Michigan’s community and tribal colleges. This initiative will primarily target adult learners eligible for Michigan Reconnect Expansion, utilizing retired school counselors and other former educational professionals. The primary objective of the Michigan Retired Educator FAFSA Specialists (REFS) will be to prioritize MCAN's mission-aligned populations, particularly individuals of color and/or from low-income backgrounds, who are currently not engaged in Michigan Reconnect. 

This program will launch spring 2024 and will conclude by October 2024. MCAN is currently seeking retired K-12 and/or college educators and school counselors to fill REFS positions across the state.

Learn more and apply → 

If you want to learn more about how the REFS program could help your community college or community-based organization, please contact Patrick Brown, MCAN director of adult student attainment.

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REFS Directory

Region 1
David Darrow — david.ref@micollegeaccess.org
Sandra Lefebvre — sandi.ref@micollegeaccess.org

Region 2
Karen Starkey — karen.ref@micollegeaccess.org
Jeff Hervela 

Region 3 
Terri Eckstein — terri.ref@micollegeaccess.org  
Pamela Blamer — pamela.ref@micollegeaccess.org 

Region 4
Cheryl Berry — cheryl.ref@micollegeaccess.org 
Adrian La Mar 

Region 5
Salle O'Neill — salle.ref@micollegeaccess.org  
Michael O'Neill — michael.ref@micollegeaccess.org  
Kirk Yats — kirk.ref@micollegeaccess.org  

Region 6
Sandra Hunwick — sandy.ref@micollegeaccess.org 
Kimberly Shonk — kimberly.ref@micollegeaccess.org 

Region 7
Norma Eppinger — norma.ref@micollegeaccess.org 

Region 8
TBA

Region 9
Susan Hooks-Brown — susan.ref@micollegeaccess.org 

Region 10
Norman Hurns — norman.ref@micollegeaccess.org  
Lezah Phillips lezah.ref@micollegeaccess.org  

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