Andrea Acevedo, president of SEIU Healthcare Michigan with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to announce the Future for Frontliners program, Sept. 10, 2020 | Whitmer office photo
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Sept. 10 a state program offering free college tuition for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The state says that more than 60,000 Michiganders have submitted applications for the Futures for Frontliners program.
The program is funded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To be eligible, applicants must be a Michigan resident, have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the weeks between April 1 and June 30, have been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time during then, not have previously earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and not be in default on a federal student loan.
Applicants must complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31.
“This past spring, these brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to ensure we have essential services and products we need to stay healthy and safe, I am truly thrilled to see that so many are taking advantage of this program – they earned it,” Whitmer said. “I encourage every eligible frontline worker to see if this free college scholarship opportunity is right for them.”
In Whitmer’s first State of the State address in February 2019, she announced the goal to have 60% of Michigan residents attain a post-high school credential by 2030.
The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is hosting an initial series of regional virtual town hall sessions on the Future for Frontliners program:
- Traverse City/Northern Michigan, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Join the virtual event
- Grand Rapids/West Michigan, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Join the virtual event
- Saginaw/Flint/Bay, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Join the virtual event
- Detroit/Southeast Michigan, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Join the virtual event
- Upper Peninsula, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Join the virtual event
- Lansing/Central Michigan, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Join the virtual event
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