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Delta College participating in new free-tuition program for frontline workers

September 9, 2020

Delta College is joining community colleges across the state to support a new scholarship program for essential workers who worked during the peak of the pandemic.

The program, Michigan Futures for Frontliners, provides a tuition-free pathway for individuals who worked in vital industries this spring and want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate on a full- or part-time basis. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the start of the new program September 9.

“There are many who put their health on the line during the statewide shutdown this spring,” said Russell Curley, dean of Enrollment Management for Delta. “Providing these frontline workers with access to a tuition-free opportunity to pursue their career goals at Delta is a great way to say ‘thank you.’”

The last-dollar scholarship, which pays in-district rates, is available for current and future Delta students. It is open to individuals who work in essential industries including grocery, pharmacy, healthcare, law enforcement, child care, sanitation and social services, among others. Those without a high school diploma are eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential before going on to a community college or job training program.

How to apply

The application period is September 9-December 31, 2020. Participants can start classes as early as January 2021.

Step 1: Apply to Delta

Fill out an admissions application to become an official Delta student.

Step 2: Apply to Futures for Frontliners

Complete the Futures for Frontliners application before December 31.

Step 3: Apply for financial aid

Step 4: Connect with a Frontliners advisor

We are ready and waiting to guide you through your next steps of deciding which path is right for you and getting registered for classes. Make an appointment with a Frontliners advisor today!

Delta College offers 140 associate degree and certificate programs. Learn more about the college’s offerings at

Written by Leah Twilley, Communications Specialist.