Student Financial Services

North Foundation Hall, Room 120
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2550
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M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OU school code: 002307

Michigan Works

Michigan Works

Oakland University welcomes Michigan Works and other displaced workers. We understand the struggles you face and are happy to offer a variety of resources focused on:

  • career counseling
  • financial assistance
  • academic programs tailored to the needs of displaced workers

Follow the steps below to take full advantage of the programs and services offered at Oakland University.

  1. Register with Michigan Works: Go online to Michigan Works to begin the registration process.
  2. Explore Opportunities: Review the academic, student service and financial aid resources listed on this site.
  3. Get Help: Take advantage of free or low-cost personal and career counseling offered on campus.
  4. Meet with an Adviser: Contact an academic adviser from the program you wish to pursue (undergraduate or graduate). An adviser can help you complete documents regarding your program plan and financial costs.
OU Approved Programs

Oakland University works continually with Michigan Works to develop programs and create unique academic options for students. Not all Oakland University programs are eligible for funding through Michigan Works. You can view a comprehensive list of approved undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, and contact information on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website. Check back frequently as programs are added.

If you do not see the program you are looking for, please contact Student Financial Services' liaison to Michigan Works, by emailing


1.  I just lost my job. What do I do next?


We understand this can be a worrisome and unnerving time for workers and their families. As such, OU staff and faculty are working to make the pursuit of new opportunities as seamless and stress free as possible. Below are the steps you should follow:


a.  Register with Michigan Works: Go online to Michigan Works to begin the registration process.

b.  Explore Opportunities: Review the academic, student service and financial aid resources listed on this site.

c.  Get Help: Take advantage of free or low-cost personal and career counseling offered right here on campus.

d.  Meet with an Adviser: Contact an academic adviser from the program you wish to pursue. An adviser can help you complete documents regarding your program plan and financial costs.


2.   Can OU help me find work with my existing skill set?


The Michigan Works program at Oakland University allows participants to attend a number of workshops geared toward improving job-seeking strategies, resume writing, interview skills and more. In addition, the School of Education and Human Services has highly-trained counselors in the Adult Career Counseling Center to help workers build effective job-seeking strategies.


3.  Can OU help me make an education or training plan that builds on my existing skill set?


The Bachelor of Integrative Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences and each of the university’s five professional schools have knowledgeable and dedicated academic advisers who can help students maximize their educational strengths by recommending relevant and complementary courses of study. Help also is available in the Adult Career Counseling Center.


4.   What sort of education and retraining programs are available at Oakland?


From certificate programs to bachelor’s and post-graduate degree programs in fields ranging from financial planning, paralegal services and business administration to nursing, engineering and education, Oakland University offers a full spectrum of coursework designed to improve any worker’s competitiveness in today’s business environment. To learn more about programs that Michigan Works supports with tuition grant assistance, view the approved programs tab. To learn more about the full array of educational programs at Oakland, visit the Academics page.


5.   Are there programs that prepare students for emerging and in-demand professions?


OU faculty and staff continually monitor trends in national and international business arenas and develop academic programs to meet the needs of both businesses and their employees. To learn more about exciting careers in the health care industry, visit the School of Nursing or the School of Health Sciences sites. The School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland prepares students and retools workers in the constantly evolving technical career fields, and the School of Business Administration offers a host of programs that enable graduates to excel in corporate settings.


6.  How do I obtain Michigan Works funding for the program I’m interested in?


Your first step is to find out if the program has been approved for tuition grant funding by the State of Michigan. You can do this by viewing the approved programs tab. If the program has been approved, you must be registered with Michigan Works to take advantage of available funding. Once you’re registered, your case worker will be able to help you apply for assistance.


7.   What if the program I’m interested in is not available through Michigan Works?


The state requires that educational programs undergo a rigorous review process before they can be approved for tuition grant assistance.  Oakland University is working to broadly expand the number of its approved programs, but this will take time. You can learn more about whether a program is being reviewed or request that a program be considered for review by speaking with an academic adviser in the school or college that hosts the program you’re interested in.


8.   How long will it take to complete an education or retraining program?


This varies greatly depending on the course of study – from a number of months in some certificate programs to as much as four years in various degree programs. Oakland’s academic advisers can provide specific time frames once you’ve decided to pursue a particular program.


9.  How much will it cost to enroll?


The cost of your educational investment will vary significantly depending on the required course of study, your class standing, tuition assistance made available through Michigan Works, other forms of financial aid and other factors. Rest assured, however, that Oakland University has taken extraordinary measures to ensure that student out-of-pocket costs remain as low as possible. You can learn more at the university’s costs page. 


10.  Why should I choose OU to start the next phase of my career?


There are countless ways students benefit from attending Oakland University, and among the most compelling of them is the distinctive quality of its educational programs. Recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and others for outstanding academics, Oakland is a rapidly growing university that boasts of highly-accomplished faculty, a vast and expanding legacy of student success, numerous research opportunities, a diverse campus environment, NCAA Division I athletics, exceptional social and cultural events, a convenient location and more.

Contact Us

For more information about Oakland University and Michigan Works, contact:

Undergraduate Education
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(800) OAK-UNIV

Graduate Education
O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2700

Michigan Works
Troy Service Center
550 Stephenson Highway, Ste 400
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 823-5101
(or, visit these other Michigan Works locations in Oakland County)

OU's liaison to Michigan Works
Student Financial Services
North Foundation Hall, Room 120
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454, ATTN: Michigan Works liaison