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Michigan Free-Tuition Program for Front Line Workers

September 10, 2020

The Small Business Association of Michigan announced today that it will serve as a Frontliners Champion to support the Futures for Frontlines program unveiled today by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

As a Frontliners Champion, SBAM has committed to make sure members know about this opportunity. Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30 period but do not have a college degree free tuition to their local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate on a full-time or part-time basis while they continue to work.

To be eligible for the program, 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

Those without a high school diploma or equivalency will be eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential and go on to a community college or job training program. The application period runs through December 31 of this year with enrollment available beginning in January of 2021. Please encourage eligible employees to learn more about Futures for Frontliners at www.Michigan.gov/Frontliners.

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