Futures for Frontliners

Futures for Frontliners

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Missed out? There are still scholarship opportunities for students who missed the Futures for Frontliners deadline or were ineligible. You are strongly encouraged to apply for Michigan Reconnect.  This new scholarship program provides the same in-district tuition guarantee to all qualified Michigan residents 25 years and older regardless of job status.

Already enrolled in Futures for Frontliners? Here's what you need to know to continue.

  • Students must have ONLY ONE eligible program of study on record.
  • Students must complete at least six-credit hours in a semester and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in a 12-month period.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in courses that count toward your certificate or associate degree as part of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Students must continue to be Michigan residents.
  • Students must reapply for Financial Aid starting October 1 each year.
  • Students must complete at least 12 credits every year thereafter to maintain eligibility.

Additional Funding Support Now Available

Oakland County residents who are enrolled in the Futures for Frontliners program and in need of funding for costs not covered (such as books, supplies and other related expenses, as well as supportive services such as transportation and childcare), may be eligible for additional support through Oakland County Michigan Works! Call 248-858-5520 and select the service center nearest to you to schedule an appointment.

Continuing Your Futures for Frontliners Scholarship Opportunities at Universities

Many of you plan to continue your studies after earning your associate degree at OCC. To help lower tuition costs, we have partnered with local universities to provide additional scholarship funding to qualified Futures for Frontliners who plan to transfer to a four-year university after graduation. The following schools are offering additional scholarship opportunities for students participating in OCC’s Futures for Frontliners Program:


What costs are not covered by the Michigan Futures for Frontliners Program?

The program does not cover any of the following costs;

  • Textbooks, supplies, or required equipment,
  • Class fees (vary by course),
  • Transportation, Childcare.

However, through a new partnership with Oakland County Michigan Works eligible residents may receive additional financial support to cover these expenses.  This support is made possible through the American Rescue Plan.  Contact your nearest Oakland County Michigan Works! office between 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday, to learn about your specific case.

I’m an out-of-district student, can I still go to Oakland Community College?

Yes. But the student is responsible for paying any cost above the in-district tuition rate and eligible fees not covered by Financial Aid and Futures for Frontliners scholarship.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA application?

Yes. Everyone participating in the Futures for Frontliners Program is required to complete a FAFSA application each year of participation.

My Futures for Frontliners Scholarship is described as “restricted.” Do I still qualify?

Yes. Futures for Frontliners Scholarship funds can ONLY pay for in-district tuition and eligible fees. It CANNOT be used towards any other costs including books and supplies. Therefore, it is designated as “restricted.”

I received an email from Financial Aid stating I need to complete an SAP appeal. Do I need to complete the SAP appeal?

No. Futures for Frontliners Scholarship Recipients will not be required to complete the SAP appeal.

How will I know if I successfully submitted my Oakland Community College application and was admitted to OCC?

First, you’ll receive a confirmation email stating your application has been received. Within two business days, you will receive an email with your admissions letter and student number in your personal email account.

How will I know if my FAFSA application was processed and the amount of my Reconnect/Financial Aid award?

If no further information is needed for your financial aid, all students that have successfully completed an application to the State of Michigan and an application to Oakland Community College will receive emails in their OCC student email accounts within 7-10 days after successfully completing and submitting their FAFSAs.

How can I check my Financial Award status if I have not yet activated my OCC student email?

Students may check their award status using Financial Aid’s Self-Service after logging in to MyOCC, selecting students, and then Financial Aid Self-Service.