College supports Michigan free-tuition program for frontline workers

September 10, 2020

Jackson College joins with 27 other community colleges across the state to serve as a Frontliners champion to support the Futures for Frontlines program unveiled by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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.

Those without a high school diploma or equivalency will be eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential, or a GED, and then continue with Jackson College earning a degree, diploma, or certificate, and/or participate in the College’s job training program. The application period runs through Dec. 31 of this year with enrollment available beginning in January of 2021.

“We believe strongly that those who were required to work during the State shutdown this past spring, so that the rest of us could stay safe, are heroes and deserve our deep gratitude,” President Daniel Phelan said. “Many of these men and women were out in the community every day putting their health and lives on the line.

“We are proud to provide these frontline workers with access to a tuition-free education at Jackson College in order to pursue their career and personal dreams – it is but one way we can say, ‘thank you!’

To apply and learn more about Futures for Frontliners, visit