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Futures for Frontliners

Futures for Frontliners logoFutures for Frontliners is a new state scholarship program to give Michiganders who risked their health and lives working in essential industries during the state's April 1–June 30 COVID-19 shutdown tuition assistance to public community colleges including Northwestern Michigan College.

Enrollment in the state program opened Sept. 10, 2020 and runs through Dec. 31, 2020, and the scholarship will be available starting next spring.

Qualified frontliners can take steps now to be ready when it starts. For more information, email or contact NMC Admissions. This page will be updated as the state releases additional information on the program.

Do I qualify?

The program is open to Michiganders without college degrees who worked in frontline jobs in essential industries during Michigan's COVID-19 shutdown this past spring.

  • Eligible workers include:

    • 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
    • Learn more here.
  • To be accepted into the Futures program, an individual must:

    • Be a Michigan resident
    • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (ex: GED) (see exception below)
    • Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1–June 30, 2020
    • Have been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1–June 30, 2020
    • Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor's degree
    • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Not be in default on a Federal student loan
    • Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020
  • What if I don't have a high school diploma?

    • For frontline workers who do not or will not have a high school diploma, or equivalent, by the end of this year, you can check out the High School Completion program in Futures for Frontliners.
    • If you have questions about this pathway, email to find out more.
  • Read more frequently asked questions here

What steps can I take now?

Contact student Financial services with financial aid questions:

Page last updated October 21, 2020