Michigan unveils plan to give free college to 625,000 essential workers

Futures for Frontliners will give many of those in supporting roles during the pandemic the opportunity to pursue degrees or training through community colleges
By: | September 10, 2020

About 625,000 essential workers in Michigan who put in time during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown and don’t have a degree are eligible for free college under a plan detailed Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Futures for Frontliners, inspired by the G.I. Bill that provided college education to those serving their country in WWII, is currently limited to community colleges. The plan isn’t limited to those in medical fields. It also covers people who worked in places such as manufacturing, nursing homes, grocery stores, sanitation, delivery, retail and more.

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