Lansing Community College

What is Futures for Frontliners?

Futures for Frontliners (F4F) Scholarship is a program that covers in-district tuition and mandatory fees to Michiganders who do not have a college degree and worked as a frontline worker in an essential industry between April 1 – June 30, 2020. The program is intended to give thanks to those who put themselves at risk during the pandemic. Frontliners needed to complete and submit the F4F Scholarship application to the State of Michigan by December 31, 2020 to be considered for this scholarship program.

The F4F Scholarship covers in-district tuition only and mandatory fees (Registration Fee and Student Support Fee). Students must enroll at least half-time in courses that apply toward the declared program of study and must begin classes in Spring 2021, Summer 2021 or Fall 2021. After the student’s initial semester of attendance, the student must meet the following renewal eligibility requirements to continue receiving the F4F Scholarship.

  • In addition to completing the application, the Frontliner must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year
    • Meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements (except for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP))
    • Be a Michigan resident by maintaining continuous Michigan residency for at least 12 months, starting from July 1, 2019
      • If parent data is not required on the FAFSA (an independent student per federal regulations), the residency is based on the student’s residency.
      • If parent data is required on the FAFSA (a dependent student per federal regulations), the residency is based on the parent’s residency.
    • Have graduated from high school with a diploma or earned a high school equivalency certificate
    • Have been employed in an essential industry as defined by the State of Michigan
    • Have worked at least 20 hours per week (half-time) for 11 of the 13 weeks from April 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2020
    • Have worked in a job that required work outside of the home at least some of the time
    • Have not previously earned an associate or a baccalaureate degree
    • Not be in default on Federal Student Loan
  • After the student’s initial semester of attendance, the student must meet the following renewal eligibility requirements to continue receiving the F4F Scholarship.

    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually for each academic year
    • Maintain Michigan residency
    • Maintain continuous enrollment as at least a half-time student in a financial aid eligible program. Continuous enrollment means enrolled in at least 2 semesters during each 12-month period, which begins at the start of the student’s first semester as a F4F scholarship participant
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

A student can continue to receive the F4F scholarship until one of the following occurs, whichever comes first:

  • Student earned an associate degree, or
  • Four years has passed from the first semester receiving F4F funds, or
  • Student fails to meet one or more of the renewal eligibility requirements

For more information, email frontliners@star.lcc.edu or call 517-483-1200 option 7. This page will be updated as the state releases additional information on the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

Which FAFSA do I need to complete?

  • Complete FAFSA at studentaid.gov
  • If attending in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • If attending Fall 2021, complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  • Students must complete a FAFSA for each academic year. Both LCC and the State of Michigan must have record of the completed FAFSA.

What are the SAP Standards?

F4F follows the federal SAP standards. If the student does not meet the SAP standards, the student must at least maintain a 2.0 grade point average each semester in the courses taken towards their certificate/associate degree program while an F4F participant or have an approved SAP appeal.

How many credits must I take to be eligible for an award?

The student must be registered in at least 6 credits that count towards the declared program of study (CPoS eligible credits) to be eligible for an award. This minimum applies to fall, spring and summer semesters.

Can I receive F4F and other financial aid in the same semester?

F4F is a last-dollar scholarship, which means the Federal Pell Grant and tuition-restricted scholarships or awards (excluding the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)) must be applied before F4F funding. The following are examples of how F4F and Federal Pell Grant are awarded.

  $1,380  In-District Tuition
- $1,500  Federal Pell Grant
  $       0  F4F

-or-

  $1,380  In-District Tuition
- $   780  Federal Pell Grant
  $   600  F4F

Will course/lab fees be covered by F4F?

No, F4F only covers mandatory fees, which are the Registration Fee and the Student Support Fee. For more information, please see Tuition & Costs.

I have an outstanding balance. Can I register and use F4F funds?

Yes, you will need to contact the Student Finance Office at (517) 483-1272 or via email at student_finance@lcc.edu.

I pay out-of-district (in-state) tuition. Will my F4F Scholarship cover my tuition?

No, F4F only covers in-district tuition costs. Students will have to pay the difference between the in-district and out-of-district (in-state) tuition. For example, a student will have to pay $888 in tuition if enrolled for 8-billing hours and paying out-of-district (in-state) tuition. In-district tuition is $888 (111 x 8) and out-of-district (in-state) is $1776 ($222 x 8). Therefore, the student’s out-of-pocket cost are $888 ($1776 - $888).

Can my Federal Pell Grant or other tuition-restricted scholarships or grants cover the out-of-district (in-state) portion of my costs so I can get an F4F award to cover the in-district portion?

No. The State of Michigan rules will not allow colleges to award students F4F funding if Federal Pell Grant and/or other tuition-restricted scholarships or grants is greater than or equal to the in-district tuition and mandatory fees (Registration and Student Support fees). An example of the required calculation is below.

Out-of-District (In-State) Tuition $2760

  $1,380  In-District Portion of Total Tuition
- $1,500  Federal Pell Grant
  $       0  F4F

  $2,760  Total Tuition
- $1,500  Federal Pell Grant 
  $1,260  Out-of-Pocket Costs

If I do not meet the renewal eligibility requirements, can my F4F scholarship be reinstated in future years?

No, once a student loses their scholarship, the award cannot be reinstated. Please see Renewal Eligibility Requirements above.

Does F4F pay for remedial or developmental education courses?

Yes, as long as the student is pursuing a financial aid eligible program. Please visit Financial Aid Policies.

Can I use my scholarship to earn more than one certificate during the 4-year eligibility period?

No, it can only be used for one certificate.

How many times can I repeat a course and use F4F funds?

F4F follows the federal financial aid rules on repeating coursework. Federal rules allow a student to repeat a passed course only one additional time and a failed course multiple times until passed. Please visit Financial Aid Policies.

Can I change my program of study?

Yes, a student may change to another financial aid eligible certificate or associate degree program. Students may not receive F4F funding after earning an associate degree.