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Am I eligible for this scholarship?
The application period for Futures for Frontliners ended on December 31, 2020. The one-time scholarship program was created in gratitude for Michigan's frontline workers who helped keep our state running during the state shutdown in the spring of 2020. See What is an "essential industry" or "frontline worker"?
To be eligible for the Community College pathway, applicants must have:
- Been a Michigan resident (US citizen, eligible noncitizen)
- Had a high school diploma or equivalent (ex: GED)
- Worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 - June 30, 2020
- Been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 - June 30, 2020*
- Not yet earned an associate or bachelor's degree
- Not be in default on a Federal student loan
- Completed a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020
* Home-based child care providers who met the other eligibility criteria were still considered eligible. Read more in our child care FAQ.
Once your application has been accepted, you'll need to complete three steps to receive the award:
- Apply to and be admitted to a Michigan public community college
- Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Enroll in class at least half-time (six credits)
Visit our College Checklist for some assistance on how to complete each of these steps if you need help doing so.
Please note that completing your FAFSA requires meeting federal student aid eligibility (with the exception of meeting Student Academic Progress [SAP] and/or being in default of a federal student loan) including being a US citizen or eligible noncitizen. Please see Who is considered an eligible noncitizen?