Futures for Frontliners

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Purpose of the program

Futures for Frontliners offered Michiganders, who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30, 2020 period but who did not have a college degree, free tuition at in-district rates to their local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate on a full-time or part-time basis while they continue to work. Those without a high school diploma or equivalency were eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential and go on to a community college or job training program. The application period ended on Dec. 31, 2020.

What does Futures for Frontliners cover?

The program only covers tuition and mandatory fees at the in-district rate for an occupational certificate or an associate degree. This is a last dollar scholarship which means it covers cost after all other financial aid is applied. This program does NOT cover cost such as books or class materials.

How and when to apply

The application closed on December 31, 2020.

When can a person accepted to the Frontliners program start classes?

Frontliners had to start their classes by the Fall semester of 2021.

Maintaining eligibility

Futures for Frontliners scholarship recipients must:

  • Remain a resident of the State of Michigan;
  • Take at least 12 credit hours (a minimum of 6 credits per semester) per calendar year and complete a degree or certificate within four years;
  • Maintain a 2.0 average for courses taken as part of the Futures program; and
  • File a FAFSA at the beginning of each school year.


Please contact Sarah McGann via email McGannS@michigan.gov or phone at 616-213-8191.