Futures for Frontliners

Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect are last dollar scholarships meaning…

Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect will pay tuition at the in-district rate and mandatory fees (i.e. general fee and activity fee). If you are awarded other scholarships that fund only tuition and fees, such as Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), those scholarships will be awarded first. Also, any Pell grant funds you are receiving will pay first towards your tuition and fee charges and either scholarship will fund any remaining tuition and fee charges. See example below.

Example:

Student A Student B
Tuition and fee charges: $1,500 Tuition and fee charges: $1,500
Pell grant: $3,098 Pell grant: $900
Remaining balance: $0 Remaining balance: $600

Student A will not be using their Futures for Frontliners scholarship and Student B will use $600 of their Futures for Frontliners scholarship.

Remember, although you have received the scholarship, that some things like books and supplies, technology costs, childcare, and transportation expenses will not be covered and you should plan for that.

For help, call or message us at 269-294-4253 or via our Contact Form. You may also visit michigan.gov/frontliners

What’s the difference between the two scholarships?
Futures for Frontliners was an opportunity for essential workers, working during designated months (April –June) in 2020.

The scholarship application closed December 31st, 2020.

Michigan Reconnect is a new opportunity for individuals in the state of Michigan who do not already have an Associate or Bachelor’s degree. Individuals must be residents of the state and be 25 years old or older at the time of application.

Currently there is no closing date for this application, but applicants that are accepted must begin college within 12 months of applying.

Students that have been awarded the Futures for Frontliners Scholarship cannot also receive the Michigan Reconnect Scholarship.

I was awarded the Futures for Frontliners Scholarship or the Michigan Reconnect Scholarship. What do I do next?
Congrats! We are excited you have chosen Glen Oaks as the place to continue your education. If you were awarded, we have received your name, so please continue with the next steps as soon as possible!

*You will still apply to Glen Oaks so that we know when you would like to start classes.

*Note: If you are currently an enrolled Glen Oaks student taking courses, you do not need to reapply, continue to work with your advisor and the financial aid office.

To get started, complete these steps detailed in our Getting Started Checklist.

For the Futures for Frontliners scholarship, you must start classes in any semester of the 2021 calendar year. Glen Oaks has classes that begin in January (Winter), Feb/March Late Start classes (Winter), May (Summer), and August (Fall).
With Michigan Reconnect you must start classes within 12 months of submitting your application. Funding will be available beginning in the Summer semester of 2021.
Also required is the completion of a FAFSA, complete this at fafsa.gov.
Below shows the correct FAFSA application for the semester that you intend to enroll:

January (Winter) complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA
May (Summer) complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA
August (Fall) complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA

Without this, you will not be eligible for either scholarship!

What if I am not eligible for either scholarship?
If you are not eligible for either scholarship, there are still options that our students use to finance their education. Completing a FAFSA will be the first step, to see if you qualify for PELL GRANT dollars, which is another source of free money to help you pay for school.

Some students opt for student loans and others pay out of pocket with the help of our payment plan. Glen Oaks has scholarships available on October 1st that can be used for the Fall 2021. You CAN apply for these even before you are enrolled! This is potentially more funding to help you pay for college necessities.

Our financial aid office can help you figure out which is the best option so you do not have to give up on your goals to go back to school.

Please contact the Glen Oaks Financial Aid office at 269-294-4260 or via their Contact Form.