Futures for Frontliners

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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: Dec. 31, 2020

Your next steps

Are you currently taking classes at GRCC?

  1. Apply for the Futures for Frontliners Scholarship by Dec. 31, 2020.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Still deciding on your career path?

GRCC offers free online assessment tools and individualized career counseling.

Have you attended GRCC in the past, but not taken classes recently?

  1. Apply for the Futures for Frontliners Scholarship by Dec. 31, 2020.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. If you have taken classes within the last two years, your account is still active and you can sign up for classes through the Online Center. Forgot your student ID or password? Call the Enrollment Center at (616)-234-3300 for help.

If it has been two years or longer since you last attended, you will need to complete the Declaration of Academic Program before you can enroll in classes.

Still deciding on your career path?

GRCC offers free online assessment tools and individualized career counseling.

New to GRCC?

  1. Apply for the Futures for Frontliners Scholarship.
  2. Apply to GRCC.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Still deciding on your career path?

GRCC offers free online assessment tools and individualized career counseling.

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.
  • 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.

Questions? Contact Us

Ann Isackson, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid