OSCODA – The Alpena Community College (ACC) Oscoda Campus will be hosting two “Special Info & App Sessions” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, regarding the Futures for Frontliners program.

The first will begin at 10 a.m., and there will also be an evening session at 6 p.m., each of which are designed to help answer questions and provide assistance with the application process for the tuition program.

The events will be held in Room 307 of the campus, which is located at 5800 Skeel Ave. in Oscoda Township.

As recently reported, essential workers who worked 11 weeks – between April 1 and June 30 – are likely to qualify for free tuition via the Futures for Frontliners offering.

ACC representatives note that essential workers are not just those employed in the fields of health care or law enforcement, but also people who worked at restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, banks and other industries which remained open during the COVID-19 crisis.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Futures for Frontliners program, and can be submitted through the end of the calendar year.

According to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the program provides a tuition-free pathway to an associate’s degree or technical certificate for essential workers who do not have a college degree.

Frontline employees are those who worked in the various essential industries, in a job which required them to work at least some of the time outside of their home, during the pandemic this spring.

This is a last-dollar scholarship program paying in-district rates for tuition using federal funds; fees are excluded. Out-of-district students will have to pay the tuition difference between out-of-district and in-district costs.

Eligible candidates have until Thursday, Dec. 31 to apply, which must be done online, and there are several requirements that have to be met.

The website can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/frontliners/, and Customer Care Center representatives may be reached by dialing 517-636-7000.

Christine Young, assistant to the director of the ACC Oscoda Campus, says that the Special Info & App Sessions will be a great opportunity to get answers on any questions regarding the program, and to complete an application for these funds.

More information can also be found by calling ACC’s Financial Aid Office, at either 358-7286 or accfinaid@alpenacc.edu; stopping into the ACC Oscoda Campus; or contacting Young at 358-7295.

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