- Sponsorship -

GRCC helping frontline workers apply for free tuition program

Grand Rapids Community College — Representatives are working to help applicants who are struggling to complete required federal financial aid forms for the state’s Futures for Frontliners program.

The deadline is Dec. 31 to apply for the free tuition program offered to those who worked in essential industries during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. Accepted students would be eligible to begin attending classes in the winter semester, which starts in January. 

More than 1,700 people have been accepted so far by the state to attend GRCC through the program, which provides a tuition-free pathway to an associate degree or a technical certificate. More than 6,000 additional applications are under review by the state. Many of these applicants still need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Others may need to submit additional information to the state, such as employment verification.

Staff experts at GRCC can answer questions and provide information through the financial aid hotline at (616) 234-4030. The Futures for Frontliners hotline is (616) 234-3344; email is futures4frontliners@grcc.edu; and text is (616) 404-4519. Information also is available at www.grcc.edu/futuresforfrontliners.

The Futures for Frontliners program is offered to people who worked at least half-time in frontline jobs for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 and June 30 and who do not have a college degree. Eligible frontline industry examples include – but are not limited to – food and agriculture; healthcare and public health; critical manufacturing; communications and information technology, including news media; law enforcement, public safety and first responders; public works; and transportation and logistics; according to information from GRCC.

More than 85,000 people statewide have applied for the program, according to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Futures for Frontliners is part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s goal of having 60% of working-age Michiganders earning a college degree or certificate by 2030.

- Sponsorship -
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.


The sky’s the limit (or is it?) for this accomplished model builder

Creative, innovative, imaginative … Many of today’s students are all that and more in a vast variety of interest areas. This series features students with exceptional and unusual gifts...

For MLK Day, educators discuss improving equity in education

A leading advocate on equity in education says Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy requires educators to dig deeper into making sure all students have what they need to thrive...

Virtual job-shadow opportunities available

Groundhog Shadow Day, which gives area students an inside look at different careers, is going virtual this year...

‘Hope on the horizon’ as local teachers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

Lincoln School special education teacher, Ann Post believes there is 'hope on the horizon' for Kent ISD teachers and educators across Kent County after receiving her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

GRCC offering four class formats, waiving fees

GRCC is waiving online class fees for the upcoming winter 2021 semester, which begins Jan. 11...

Students pair up to overcome challenges

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed some doors, a window opened to a new partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant students and college-aged adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities...

GRCC participates in study around product that could slow COVID spread

The inhaled mist device, developed by a FHPS and GRCC grad, could prove useful in schools...
- Sponsorship -


Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...


Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -


Maranda Where You LiveWGVU