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
Questions? Contact Us
- Email: Futures4Frontliners@grcc.edu
- Text: (616) 404-4519
- Phone: (616) 234-3344
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Michigan.gov Student Portal
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.
- 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.
- Mandatory fees covered: Student Records, Technology, Campus Activities, and Facilities Maintenance.
- Course and Online Courses fees are not covered.
- 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.