Futures for Frontliners

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Purpose of the program

Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders, who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30, 2020 period but who do 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 are 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 must start their classes by no later than the Fall semester of 2021.

Approved for Futures for Frontliners… What’s Next?

  • Apply to Muskegon Community College
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • If you plan to start Summer 2021 complete 2020/2021
    • If you plan to start Fall 2021 Complete 2021/2022
    • Questions regarding your FAFSA or Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 231-777-0228 or fa@muskegoncc.edu
  • Submit official high school or college transcripts to Muskegon Community College
    • Contact your high school or prior college and let them know you need your official transcript sent to MCC – admissions@muskegoncc.edu
  • Take the Placement Test or send us a copy of your ACT/SAT scores  – This is currently waived, unless you are going into Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, or Medical Assisting*
    • Call the Testing Center at 231-777-0394 to schedule a time
  • Sign-up and complete a mandatory New Student Orientation
  • Log into your MyMCC, learn how here: https://youtu.be/dnLAVoyjhDY
  • Make an appointment to meet with the Completion Coach Emily Merten
    • Completion Coach will help you make sure you’ve completed the checklist to get started at MCC before you meet with a counselor to schedule your classes
    • You can also email Emily at Emily.merten@muskegoncc.edu or call 231-777-0511
  • Make an appointment to meet with a counselor
  • Click here to watch this helpful Futures for Frontliners FAQs video

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.

Had to submit documents to the State?

  • If you had to update your FAFSA, please contact the State and inform them that you have updated your FAFSA so they can pull your current FAFSA.
    • Customer Care Center Phone Number –  (517) 636-7000
  • The Work Verification Form is another form that some students had to have their employer fill out and submit to the State. You can confirm with the State that they have received your form. Email and fax are the fastest options when submitting documentation.
  • The State is 4-6 weeks behind on processing documentation.


Please contact Ashley Battle or Stephanie Briggs.

Stephanie Briggs
Director of Admissions
(231) 777-0337
Ashley Battle 
Manager of Admissions Partnerships
(231) 777-0648