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Applications open for free college education through ‘Future for Frontliners’

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 10, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Michigan essential workers, who worked during the COVID-19 lockdown, can now apply for tuition-free college education or technical certificates if they don’t already have a college degree.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that $24 million has been set aside through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Future for Frontliners program. The program will provide free higher education opportunities for eligible essential workers.

An estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided frontline services during the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Orders between April 1 and June 30, 2020 may be eligible.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a Michigan resident
  • 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
  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan
  • Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 p.m., Dec. 31, 2020

Visit www.michigan.gov/frontliners for more information.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist also announced a partnership between Modern States Education Alliance and the College Board to offer free online courses to prepare for College Level Examination Tests. For more information, visit www.Michigan.gov/skillstowork.

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