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Futures for Frontliners

Futures for Frontliners GRCC

What is Futures for Frontliners?

(The Futures for Frontliners application has closed. You may qualify for the Michigan Reconnect Grant.)

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.

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Faculty & Staff


Ann Isackson

Ann Isackson

Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid