Futures for Frontliners

Frontline workers put themselves at risk to serve Michigan citizens during a pandemic.

Now, we put their futures at the forefront.

The application date for this program has passed. If you are an enrolled Frontliner, please refer to the information on this website.

If you did not enroll in the Futures for Frontliners program and you are over age 25, you might be eligible for the MI-Reconnect program, which is similar to Futures for Frontliners.

What is Futures for Frontliners?

Futures for Frontliners is a program funded by the Governor’s Emergency Fund, as part of the CARES Act, to allow frontline workers to earn a college degree or credential that will lead to a good-paying job and career path in industries that Michigan needs.

Everyone eligible for the program will receive a tuition-free path to a degree. Other costs will apply.

Henry Ford College will personally support you through this program.

Questions? Call us at 313-845-9600 or email:

Troy Gibson
Email: trgibson3@hfcc.edu

Beth Michel
Email: bamichel@hfcc.edu

This tuition-free program is available to workers who have risked their health and lives to help us through the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Hospital and nursing home staff
  • Grocery store employees
  • Childcare providers serving critical infrastructure workers
  • Personal protective equipment manufacturers
  • Public safety employees
  • Garbage collection workers
  • Delivery drivers

The program is part of Governor Whitmer's 60 by 30 initiative, which will increase the number of Michigan citizens with a post-secondary credential to 60% by 2030 to meet the demand for skilled workers.

Apply to determine your eligibility (State of Michigan)

If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact us, and we will help you. If you are not eligible for this program, we will help you determine your eligibility for other forms of financial aid that can help you reach your goals through a Henry Ford College education.

More details on eligibility are here

To be considered for this program, you must apply to determine your eligibility with the State of Michigan no later than December 31, 2020, as well as complete the steps below. You may begin studying at HFC as early as Winter 2021, and you will need to begin your studies no later than Fall of 2021.

You will need to take the following steps as you are preparing to enroll in this program:

  1. Apply to determine your eligibility (State of Michigan website)

  2. Fill our your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  3. When you have completed the steps above, Apply to HFC

If you need more information before completing all the steps, we recommend that you Fill out our inquiry form and we will reach out to you with further information.

As you are preparing to enroll in this program at Henry Ford College, we recommend that you talk to one of our Futures for Frontliners Advisors or a Counselor. They are listed in the “Who can I talk to” section of this website.

Futures for Frontliners students may enroll in any of the 150 academic and workforce programs we offer. We know that’s a large number of programs for you to consider. We recommend you think about one of the programs listed below. These programs are in high-demand fields that will lead to jobs in these fields.

Top academic and workforce programs you may wish to consider:

You may also browse all HFC programs to find the one that most interests you.

We invite you to speak to an advisor, who can help you determine your area of interest and recommend programs that best meet your goals.

Program advisors

Troy Gibson
Email: trgibson3@hfcc.edu

Beth Michel
Email: bamichel@hfcc.edu

What will this program cost?

As long as you meet the Futures for Frontliners program requirements and timelines, your (in-district) tuition and mandatory fees at Henry Ford College will be paid by the State of Michigan.

However, there may be some costs to you as a student.

Use our Frontliners calculator to find your costs

The State of Michigan has determined that the following costs will NOT be covered by Futures for Frontliners funds:

  1. Out-of-district tuition differential (the difference between in-district and out-of-district tuition, which is currently $75.50 per credit hour).

  2. Books and course materials (including inclusive access book charges at time of registration).

  3. Course fees

  4. Excess Contact Hour Fees are covered at the In-District Rate (the difference between the in-district and out-of-district Excess Contact Hour Fee rate is currently $75.50 per Excess Contact Hour).

  5. Any technology needs you may have in taking your courses, including such items as computer and internet fees.

HFC has Enrollment services staff who will work to help you find options to cover your costs for this program. We cannot guarantee that the program will be free of cost, but the program will provide funding you would not otherwise have. And we will do our best to help you minimize your out-of-pocket cost. Contact our Financial Aid office or email finaid@hfcc.edu.

Our goal is to help make sure that financial barriers do not keep you from completing your educational goals and advancing your career.

All Futures for Frontliners students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit all documents required by the Financial Aid Office. The FAFSA can be completed online at fafsa.gov.

Seeking a bachelor's degree? Transfer scholarships available!

If you want to complete a bachelor's degree after you finish your associate degree at Henry Ford College, consider transferring to one of these universities. They offer scholarships to students who have completed a Henry Ford College associate degree:


  • This is not an exclusive list of universities, and their scholarships are not exclusive to HFC graduates. Other universities might also offer similar scholarships. Visit your transfer institution of choice for information.
  • Admission to these institutions is not guaranteed. Each has its own admissions policies. Visit your institution of choice for information.

Who can I talk to about this program and how to succeed in it?

Your advisors can help you determine your best academic or workforce program, advise you on enrolling, and help you set up a course plan.

Contact an advisor:

Troy Gibson
Email: trgibson3@hfcc.edu

Beth Michel
Email: bamichel@hfcc.edu

A counselor can help you with the personal, academic, and emotional aspects of enrolling in college, to make sure you are prepared to enroll and ready to succeed.

Contact a counselor:

Deborah Glazer
Email: dglazer@hfcc.edu

Our commitments to you

We know that one size does not fit all. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals in the fastest time that works for you.

How we will help you:

  1. We will work to understand your goals, and any barriers you face. We will work to help you overcome the barriers so you can achieve those goals.
  2. We will work to help you find an educational and career path that best matches your career and professional aspirations.
  3. We will provide an advisor who will walk you through your course plan and make sure you are on track to graduate from your chosen program on time.
  4. We will help you create your course plan so that each class you take will apply toward your degree and will be applicable to your goals.
  5. We will help you navigate the admissions and enrollment process at HFC.
  6. We will assist you in navigating the financial, academic, and social aspects of your college experience.

For business and industry partners

Henry Ford College welcomes active partnerships from our business and industry partners who are seeking talented, qualified workers to help meet their current and future needs.

Regional employers will tell you that their partnerships with Henry Ford College and our students have led to hires of successful HFC graduates who help their businesses grow and profit.

Business and Industry contact: Vice President Reginald Best, arbest1@hfcc.edu

Frequently-asked questions

The State of Michigan Futures for Frontliners website has a section containing frequently-asked questions on the following topics:

  • Eligibility
  • Funding and costs
  • Applying for College
  • Scholarship Renewal
  • Applying for the Scholarship

There is a lot of detail on the State of Michigan website, because it is intended for a very broad audience. If you have questions that have not been answered in the sections above, you may request specific information by speaking to one of our HFC advisors or counselors.

Arabic (عربى) and Spanish (Español) language information

Information about Futures for Frontliners is available in Arabic and Spanish

Powerpoint presentation in Arabic (and English)

Information PDF in Arabic

Information PDF in Spanish