You put your own health at risk during the worst of the pandemic while the rest of us stayed safe at home. That’s why Michigan, under Governor Whitmer’s leadership, created Futures for Frontliners – to offer essential workers like you the opportunity to attend school tuition-free full-time or part-time while you continue to work.
Futures for Frontliners is a last-dollar scholarship program for essential workers to attend community college tuition-free – including those without a high school diploma or equivalency. Essential workers can receive free tuition to earn a certificate or associate degree at their local community college.
All essential workers in Michigan without college degrees or high school diplomas or
equivalency who staffed our hospitals, nursing homes, and grocery stores, who cared for our children,
provided critical police and fire services, delivered our food, picked up our trash, manufactured PPE, and
other key jobs during the April-June period that kept our state running are eligible. Specifically, applicants must have worked at least half-time in 11 of 13 weeks from April
1 through June 30, 2020.
- Hospital and Nursing Home Staff
- Grocery Store Employees
- Childcare Providers Serving Critical Infrastructure Workers
- Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers
- Public Safety Employees
- Garbage Collection Workers
- Delivery Drivers
The State's full list is as follows:
- Chemical supply chains and safety
- Communications and information technology (IT), including news media
- Critical manufacturing
- Defense industrial base
- Financial services
- Food and agriculture
- Hazardous materials
- Health care and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
- Other community-based government operations and essential functions
- Public works
- Transportation and logistics
- Water and wastewater
- Additional critical infrastructure workers
To be accepted into the program, an individual must
- Be a Michigan Resident
- Have graduated from high school with a diploma or certificate of completion or earned a high school equivalency certificate
- Have been employed in an essential industry during the second quarter of 2020 (April, May, June)
- Worked at least half time (an average of 20 hours per week) for 11 of the 13 weeks during the quarter
- Not have previously earned an associate degree or baccalaureate degree
- Individuals who have earned a certificate previously, but not an associate or baccalaureate degree ARE eligible for the program.
- Complete and submit a Futures for Frontliners application prior to December 31, 2020.
Frontliners returning or applying for community college can apply online starting September 9, 2020. Applications for the program must be submitted no later than December 31, 2020.
Frontliners returning to or starting community college or seeking their high school diploma or equivalency, may start classes anytime in 2021 and as early as the winter semester beginning in January of 2021. Frontliners can pursue up to an associate degree or skills certificate at their local community college tuition-free. Frontliners can prepare for and attain a high school diploma or equivalency, potentially prior to enrollment in post secondary education or training, or while dual enrolled.
Because you left your house every day as an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the rest of us stayed safely indoors, Michigan has offered you the opportunity to attend community college tuition-free – even if you don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency.
Futures for Frontliners is a State scholarship program that offers free in-district tuition to pursue an associate degree or skill certificate at your local community college either full-time or part-time while you work. Out-district students can still benefit, but may have to pay some out-of-pocket tuition costs.
While the application for Futures for Frontliners is now closed, students taking advantage of this program are encouraged to reach out to Mid's Admissions representatives with any questions they may have.
Note: Students that have been accepted into the Frontliners program must begin taking courses in calendar year 2021 to use this scholarship.
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