State rolls out $24M Futures for Frontliners program for free college tuition

Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 15:20:59-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today the state is rolling out its $24-million Futures for Frontliners progam to ensure everyday heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic get the education and skills they need to "get ahead."

The move is a way to thank various types of front-line workers for their sacrifices during the pandemic: such as home and congregate care health care workers; custodians; grocery workers; postal workers and more.

She made the announcement during a news conference on the state's response to COVID-19.

“These men and women have emerged as the real heroes in this pandemic,” Whitmer said.

The program's concept was first announced in April. Front-line workers who qualify will be given tuition-free opportunities for educational certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees.

Futures for Frontliners will help the state close the "skills gap" and offer support for issues such as PTDS tied to being on the front line during the pandemic.

It is being funded through federal CARES Act funding to the state.

Front-line workers can visit to view eligibility requirements, explore career opportunities and a list of community colleges.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31.