College Bound - The Hawk Advantage

Join us for this short, free summer 2023 program to prepare you for college next fall!

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Henry Ford College invites graduating high school seniors and adult students to a 3-week, no-cost 2023 summer academic program called College Bound -- The Hawk Advantage.

This program is for anyone who has not yet attended college and wants to attend college. All you need is a high school diploma or GED by this summer. There is no age limit. The program will help get you ready for college in the fall, but you are not required to enroll in college.

$400 Bonus: Participants who complete the summer program and then take classes at Henry Ford College in Fall 2023 may be eligible to receive a $400 account credit!

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Program highlights: English, Math, and so much more!

Academics: This free program will help you with English and math, which you will work on in small groups Monday through Thursday.

HFC math instructor helping students

The Hawk Advantage also includes:

  • Transportation support
  • Food (breakfast and lunch, Monday through Thursday)
  • A laptop or Chromebook
  • Instruction from professional, certified teachers
  • Individual mentoring / tutoring
  • Other full-service support
  • Small groups for personal attention
  • No grades, no credits
  • Tours of the HFC campus if you are interested
  • Special T-shirt for program participants only!

Is this program completely free?

Yes! The program is funded by the State of Michigan, so there is no cost to you. All of the services listed above are free.

Is this program for me? Who can participate in The Hawk Advantage?

This free program is available to anyone in Southeast Michigan who is interested in attending College in the fall. You are not required to enroll. We think you will want to become a Hawk -- see for yourself!

This Henry Ford College program welcomes:

  • 2023 graduating high school seniors (now eligible for the free Michigan Achievement College Scholarship)
  • Anyone, of any age, who has a high school diploma or GED and has not yet attended college
  • Students 25 years old or older who have not yet attended college (now eligible for the Michigan Reconnect program, which pays your in-district college tuition)

Where will the program be held?

You will have two options to participate in The Hawk Advantage:

  1. On-campus in Dearborn: Most students in The Hawk Advantage program will meet on the main HFC campus. You will meet with teachers, academic coaches, and support teams. Remember, we will provide free bus passes if you don't have your own transportation.

  2. Online (limited availability): Some students will study through our Live without the Drive fully-online program, and they will receive support services online.

When will the program take place?

Three Hawk Advantage sessions will be offered. Each session is three weeks long. Each session will be the same as the other sessions. You may enroll in any one of the three, 3-week sessions:

HFC math instructor helping students

Session Dates (choose one)

Session I: June 12 - June 29, 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Session II: July 10 - July 27, 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Session III: July 31 - August 17, 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program Schedule

This schedule applies to the on-campus program. The online program will be similar but not identical.

The program runs Monday through Thursday each week, 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Monday - Thursday: By 8:15 a.m.: travel to campus
  • Monday - Thursday: Breakfast from 8:15 - 9:00 am
  • Monday - Thursday: Math twice a week, and English twice a week from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Wednesday: workshops from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday - Wednesday: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. will be Lunch, Study, and Advising
  • Thursday: Lunch and team-building activities from 11:15 - 2:00 p.m.

How do I sign up?

Sign up for The Hawk Advantage today

Filling out this form does not obligate you to attend the program. It will allow us to reach out to you with more information, and invite you to participate.


If you have other questions, reach out to one of our friendly Hawk Advantage experts:

Tirria Kendred
HFC Director, K-12 relations

Tracy Perry
HFC Director, Admissions and Recruiting