Futures for Frontliners
Apply to your local community college for Futures for Frontliners. Community colleges accept all students. Each community college has its own process you must complete to enroll.
Here are some of the common steps:
1) Complete the online application form.
All community colleges have online applications. Before you start the form, most colleges will require you to create an online account.
2) Submit your transcripts.
The application process will require you to submit your high school and college transcripts.
Here’s how you can access your transcripts:
3) Complete placement testing.
Most colleges ask you to take a reading, writing, and/or math test as part of the application process. They use these tests to identify areas where you may need to freshen up your skills.
If English is your second language, you may be required to demonstrate your language proficiency. This is done through the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or an institution-specific exam.
Some students are nervous to take a placement test. That’s understandable! Remember, no matter your score, you ARE college material.
If the test results show that you need to freshen up your skills with a remedial course, you are not alone. Many community college students take remedial classes (sometimes called developmental or non-credit bearing classes). These classes are just a step on your path to graduation.
In order to receive the Futures for Frontliners scholarship, you must apply for financial aid from the federal government by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Please note: If you are planning on attending community college in Winter, Spring, or Summer 2020 you will need to submit both a 2020-2021 and a 2021-2022 FAFSA. If you are planning on starting Fall 2021, you will need to submit a 2021-22 FAFSA.
1) Gather your materials. To complete the FAFSA, you’ll need your:
2) Create an FSA ID. An FSA ID is a username and password you’ll use to complete, sign, and submit your FAFSA. To create one, you’ll need your social security number and date of birth. You’ll also need to provide an email address or mobile phone number. Create an FSA ID.
3) Complete the online form. You can complete the FAFSA online.
4) Sign and submit the FAFSA. One of most common mistakes students make is not signing their FAFSA. Be sure to sign and submit your FAFSA. Since it is electronic, you will sign using your FSA ID and password. Once your FAFSA is submitted, you’ll see a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email.
Don’t worry if the FAFSA indicates you are not eligible for federal aid. There are no income eligibility requirements this scholarship.
There are experts available to help you answer questions about completing the FAFSA.
- Contact the financial aid office at your local community college you plan to attend.
- You can text or call the College Advising Hotline at 810-373-5385 for someone to work with you on your federal aid application.
- Contact the federal FAFSA team through online chat or by phone at 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
You must enroll in an eligible program and start classes.
1) Enroll in an eligible program. Futures for Frontliners students can enroll in any associate degree program or in an eligible skill certificate program. The skill certificate can be in any field, but the skill certificate must qualify for credit and be eligible for the Pell grant. Ask your community college to confirm that the skill certificate you’re considering qualifies.
2) Register for classes. An academic advisor at your college can help you select classes that work for your schedule and help you move quickly toward graduation. Remember, to remain qualified for Futures for Frontliners you must enroll in classes at least half time and stay enrolled continuously through graduation.
3) Participate in orientation. Some colleges require students to participate in orientation either on campus or online. For adults, sometimes orientation is optional. We strongly recommend you participate! Orientation helps you get to know campus and better understand the academic, financial, and personal resources available at your college. During orientation, you may also meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.
4) Review financial balances. If you are a returning college student and you owe your college money, the college will likely prevent you from registering for classes until the debt is paid or a payment plan is established. It can be intimidating to talk to college administrators about old bills, but remember that colleges want you to enroll. Some colleges even offer debt-forgiveness programs to help students return and complete their degree.
We want to help you track your progress! Check your status to confirm that your Futures for Frontliners application and FAFSA were submitted, and that you’re approved to receive the scholarship.
Have a question? We’re here to help. Call the Customer Care Center at 517-636-7000, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.