MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College announced today that it will serve as a Frontliners Champion to support the Futures for Frontliners tuition-free program unveiled today by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“We believe those who continued to work during the state shutdown this past spring so that the rest of us could stay safe are heroes and deserve our thanks,” Dr. Kojo Quartey, president of MCCC declared. “We are honored to provide essential frontline workers with the opportunity to earn an occupational certificate and/or an associate degree. This program will go a long way to help make a lot of personal educational and career dreams come true.”

Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30 period assistance to attend their local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate tuition-free. Students can attend classes under the program on a full-time or part-time basis beginning with the Winter 2021 semester. The State of Michigan’s application period runs through December 31, 2020. Futures for Frontliners is also available to current MCCC students who have not yet earned a credential as long as they meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

“We look forward to providing essential workers with a tuition-free education through this unique and very valuable opportunity,” said Dr. Valerie Culler, director of financial aid and interim vice president of enrollment management and student services at MCCC. “It is important for students to understand that Futures for Frontliners funds are ‘last in’ assistance. The amount of assistance available through Futures for Frontliners will be determined after all Pell Grant or other federal or state grant awards have been determined and applied. It is essential that students also complete the FAFSA Form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) when they apply for Futures for Frontliners as well.”

For a complete list of MCCC programs that qualify for Futures for Frontliners funding visit

There are three steps students need to take in applying for Futures for Frontliners tuition assistance to attend MCCC beginning with the Winter 2021 semester in January.

  1. Apply for Futures for Frontliners at Deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.
  2. Apply to Monroe County Community College at
  3. Submit your FAFSA at  Students can visit the MCCC Financial Aid Office for assistance with completing the FAFSA.

Students who qualify for Futures for Frontliners are also eligible to apply for private donor scholarships, which provide additional financial assistance to students.  The Foundation at MCCC will offer two upcoming rounds of scholarship application periods.  The first in October will qualify students for Winter 2021 semester scholarships.  The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year will be open from December 1, 2020 through March 1. 2021. Each year MCCC and The Foundation at MCCC make available over $775,000 in scholarship support.  Students interested in applying for scholarships can access more information and applications instructions at

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at

About The Foundation at Monroe County Community College

The Foundation at Monroe County Community College is the charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the educational and cultural experience of our students and community. The Foundation at MCCC leverages voluntary support from donors to enhance the educational, literary, scientific, and cultural experience by helping Monroe County Community College meet its mission. The Foundation at MCCC touches thousands of lives each year through cultural arts programs, scholarships, and educational initiatives that guide and shape the business and civic leaders of tomorrow. Just as important, The Foundation offers a means for individuals of all ages and walks of life to express their philanthropy, act on their concerns, and follow the dictates of their hearts.

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