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After your Futures for Frontliners scholarship application has been accepted and you complete the three steps necessary to start participating in the scholarship program, you will have up to four years (four 12-month periods) from your first semester as a scholarship participant to complete an associate degree or Pell-eligible skill certificate – unless you earn an associate degree earlier than that. 
To maintain the scholarship during that entire time, there are certain requirements that you’ll need to meet annually: 
  • Continue to be a resident of this state
  • Be continuously enrolled. That means enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) per semester for at least 2 semesters within a 12-month period.      
    • Your 12-month periods will depend on the first semester in which you began participating in the Futures for Frontliners scholarship program.
      • For example, if your first semester with the scholarship program was in Summer 2021, then you’d need to have enrolled again at least half-time again in the one of the two following semesters (Fall 2021 or Winter/Spring 2022) to meet continuous enrollment for that first 12-month period.
      • The semesters do not need to be consecutive, but the credits must be in your program of study. Please note that the scholarship cannot be applied to any semester in which you’re enrolled for less than 6 credits towards your program of study.
    • If you're not able to be continuously enrolled due to a hardship issue, you may be able to apply for a 'leave of absence' from the scholarship. If approved, you may be able to continue receiving the scholarship award. Contact the office of financial aid at your college to learn if the leave of absence is appropriate for you and how you can apply.
      • If you take a leave of absence, once you return, your 12-month periods will start from the semester you return. Your four-year clock will not restart, but the time you have left on it will remain.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average in the courses you take towards your program of study as a Futures for Frontliners participant. 
    • This GPA may be different from your overall GPA. Your college will calculate this after you’ve been enrolled at least half-time in your program of study at their college for at least 2 semesters within a year. Check with your college to see when they will be calculating the GPA and if you have concerns about not meeting the GPA requirement for this scholarship. 
  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ever year.  
    • See MI Student Aid's website on What FAFSA Do I Complete? if you have questions about which FAFSA to complete each year, when it's due, and what you may need to complete it.  
    • It’s okay if the FAFSA indicates you don’t qualify for federal aid. Even if you receive no funding from the Pell Grant, Futures for Frontliners could still cover your in-district tuition, mandatory fees, and contact hours. 
    • There are experts available to help you answer questions about completing the FAFSA. 
  • Don’t forget to: 
    • Gather your materials. To complete the FAFSA, you’ll need your: 
      • Social Security number or Alien Registration Number 
      • Driver’s license, if you have one 
      • Previous year’s federal income tax return, if you filed 
      • Previous year’s W-2 form (and for your spouse, if you’re married) 
      • Bank account statements 
      • Federal School Code (if you’re not sure what your school’s code is, you can use the FAFSA’s Federal School Code Search 
    • Sign in with your FSA ID. Your FSA ID is the username and password you created to complete, sign, and submit your FAFSA. You can use the “Forgot My Username” and “Forgot My Password” links to access your account online if you’re having trouble. 
    • Complete the online form. You can complete the FAFSA online. 
      • There’s an app for that! The FAFSA application is available for free on the myStudentAid app. Look for it in the Apple app store or Google Play. 
      • Never pay to file. Completing the FAFSA is always free. If a site requires payment, make sure you are at the official FAFSA site. 
    • 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. 
If you have questions or concerns about not meeting the requirements of the scholarship program, contact your college to see if you’re on track.