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Henry Ford Community College, located in Dearborn, Michigan, is a public two year institution founded in 1938 when it was known as Fordson Junior College. In 1946 the school became known as Dearborn Community College to better describe its focus and growth. In 1952, the school absorbed the assets of the Henry Ford Trade School, and changed its name to Henry Ford Community College. The school serves over 13,000 students a year, offering a variety of educational and career opportunities to its service area. Programs are constantly evaluated to ensure that they are relevant and meet the needs of the community, and updated as necessary to remain relevant.
Henry Ford Community College offers a large number of programs designed to provide academic transfer opportunities or career training to students in its service area. Academic transfer programs provide students the opportunity to complete the first two years of a four year education at a low cost, and then apply for transfer to a four year institution to complete one's bachelor's degree. Students may apply to any four year institution they choose, though admissions requirements may vary from college to college, thus it is advised students meet with an academic counselor to plan their curriculum to maximize transfer opportunities.
A career training program will provide students with the skills and abilities necessary to successfully work in the field of their choosing. Programs are often in high demand fields, and require students to participate in practical training courses as well as receive a classroom education. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or associate degree demonstrating the student is qualified for entry into the workforce at the entry level.
Programs offered include:
An Italian study abroad program is also available to students and adults who meet the program prerequisites. The program itself is worth one general credit, and takes place as a tour through various Italian cities during the summer.
Admissions and Financial Aid
As a two year open enrollment institutions, any student who applies to Henry Ford Community College and meets the minimum requirements for admissions will be accepted to the school. Students must be a high school graduate or equivalent, or over 18 years of age and demonstrate English competency in order to be admitted to HFCC. Once an application is submitted, students should meet with an academic advisor to plan their curriculum and participate in student orientation to familiarize themselves with the school and its resources. Registration for courses takes place shortly before the start of each semester.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. Students may be asked, prior to the disbursement of funds, to provide financial information in order to confirm the accuracy of the information provided by the FAFSA's student aid report.
The Henry Ford Community College Hawks participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). Intercollegiate athletics provide an organized forum for healthy competition, allowing students to experience personal and group success with others working toward the same goal. Individuals participating in these programs will learn the benefit of teamwork, discipline and good health and how to apply those traits to their academic and professional lives. Students should contact the athletic department to find out try out dates and times, as these programs has various start dates throughout the year.
Athletic programs offered:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $1,800-$2,200
- Out-of-State: $3,400-$4,032
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $75-$90 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $140-$170 per credit unit
- Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||79%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||68%||$4,798|
|Receiving Student Loans||48%||$4,795|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 25%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Henry Ford Community College may offer student services including:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how HFCC compares against other community colleges in Wayne County and community colleges in Michigan as a whole.
Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities
Many students from Henry Ford Community College may transfer-out and continue their education at the following four-year colleges & universities:
- Wayne State University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Oakland University
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1992)
- Radiology Technician Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1998)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1959)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Michigan
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Henry Ford Community College.
- Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, MI (9 miles away)
- Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI (12 miles away)
- Macomb Community College in Warren, MI (18 miles away)
- Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, MI (19 miles away)
- Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI (22 miles away)