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Futures for Frontliners

Futures for Frontliners GRCC

What is Futures for Frontliners?

Free tuition for essential workers

Futures for Frontliners is a state scholarship program for Michiganders who worked frontline jobs in essential industries during the state's COVID-19 shutdown.

This scholarship provides eligible frontline workers with tuition-free access to pursue an associate degree or a certificate at their local community college. If you have been thinking about going to college, now is the right time and GRCC is the right place.

Application deadline has passed: Dec. 31, 2020

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What are essential industries?

The State of Michigan has identified the following as essential industries:

  • Food and agriculture.
  • Health care and public health.
  • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders.
  • Communications and information technology (IT), including news media.
  • Financial services.
  • Public works.
  • Critical manufacturing.
  • Energy.
  • Water and wastewater.
  • Critical infrastructure workers.
  • Community-based government operations and essential functions.
  • Defense industrial base.
  • Hazardous materials.
  • Chemical supply chains and safety.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Michigan resident.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have worked at least half-time in an essential industry between April 1-June 30, 2020.
  • Have worked outside of your home at least some of the time between April 1-June 30, 2020.
  • Have not yet earned an associate or bachelor's degree.
  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan.
  • Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2020.

What costs does Futures for Frontliners cover?

  • Tuition and mandatory fees at the resident tuition rate.
    • See how to check your residency status.
    • Mandatory fees covered: Student Records, Technology, Campus Activities, and Facilities Maintenance.
    • Course and Online Courses fees are not covered. See fees not covered by the grant.
  • Students who live outside of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) will receive a cost savings on their tuition rate, but their associate degree or certificate will not be tuition-free. Students will pay the difference between the resident and non-resident rate.

Faculty & Staff


Ann Isackson

Ann Isackson

Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid