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Futures for Frontliners page

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

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Two Options!
If you are a frontline worker currently attending Mid or have been thinking about going back to college, now is the time.

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 is offering 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 tuition to pursue an associate degree or skill certificate at your local community college either full-time or part-time while you work.

Now is the time. Mid is the place. Start building your bolder, brighter, better future today.


Contact Admissions at (989) 386-6661,, or complete our simple, quick online form.

Chris Pellerito - Admissions Representative

Chris Pellerito


Harrison Campus


Phone (989) 386-6660
Text (989) 267-0256

Click Here to schedule an appointment!

Kaitlin Lovely - Admissions Representative

Kaitlin Lovely


Mt. Pleasant Campus


Phone (989) 317-9219
Text (989) 292-6105

Click Here to schedule an appointment!
Register for Summer Covid-19 Landing page

Start building your bolder, brighter, better future today!

What is Futures for Frontliners?

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.

Who is eligible?

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:

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.

How do Frontliners apply?

Frontliners returning or applying for community college can apply online starting September 9. The application will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Applications for the program must be submitted no later than December 31, 2020.

Frontliners interested in pursuing their high school completion first, or while dual enrolled in community college, may apply online starting September 9. The application will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Applications to the program must be submitted no later than December 31, 2020.

When can I start taking courses?

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.

Take these NEXT STEPS & get started today!

#1 Apply to Mid
  • Complete our simple, FREE online application.
#2 Apply to Futures for Frontliners
  • Complete the Futures application in just 10 minutes now through December 31.
#3 Complete the FAFSA
  • The FAFSA is essential to receiving the most types of financial aid for your college education, including Futures. Be sure to list Mid's school code 006768 on your FAFSA.
#4 Connect with your Mid Mentor
  • Your Mid Mentor is ready and waiting to be your personal guide throughout your time at Mid.

The links below will provide you with basic guidelines, contact information, and details about learning and service options at Mid.

Get started!

You're ready, don't delay your future. Mid is offering a wide-array of courses and many of our programs and credentials can largely be completed online. And with several delivery methods, Mid's courses provide you with an engaging, dynamic learning experience using the latest technology and resources.

Connect with us remotely!

For help with financial aid, academic advising, registration, and online learning you can now meet with us on-campus or remotely using the latest real-time virtual technologies. Plus, a live chat is now available throughout the website in the lower right-hand corner that allows you to connect with knowledgeable team members who are ready to help. Use the links below to contact specific team members and schedule online appointments.

We've got your back!

At Mid, we aren't just focused on your academic achievements, we see you for the complete individual that you are--with family and friends who have all been affected by the COVID-19 situation. We're here to support you, cheer you on, and connect you to local resources that may be of assistance. We encourage you to stay in touch, communicate your concerns, and share our belief that a brighter future is on the horizon.

Learn more about Mid's COVID-19 response.

Mid's COVID-19 Updates and FAQs for Students & Employees

Local COVID-19 Resources List

Study Safe, Stay Healthy Guidelines

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