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Henry Ford Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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Henry Ford Community College

Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) is a 2-year, public school in Dearborn, Michigan. It offers approximately 100 programs for students interested in earning associate's degrees or certificates. They can also pursue vocational training or enroll in transfer degree programs to complete the first half of a bachelor's degree program before moving to a 4-year university.


At Henry Ford Community College, 190 full-time and 748 part-time faculty members taught in 2011. The programs were offered in divisions such as business and economics, fine arts and fitness, technology, and health careers. Students who enroll in the social science division, for instance, can specialize in 11 areas, including education, history, anthropology, or sociology. Through the science division, students can specialize in 4 areas: chemistry, physics, atmospheric and earth sciences, or biological sciences.

HFCC also offers vocational training in about 40 major fields through its skilled trades division. Students learn through a combination of coursework and on-the-job apprenticeship training. Most certificate programs require over 500 contact hours, though the length for non-certificate programs varies depending on the specialty and the requirements of companies involved in setting the curricula. Students can pursue a variety of specialties, including plumbing, welding, industrial electricity, automotive mechanics, and machine repair.


Applicants must provide a high school transcript or a GED certificate. Those who have not graduated or obtained a GED must submit COMPASS scores. While HFCC has open admissions and test scores do not bar students from enrolling, students must take course placement exams before registering unless they are exempt due to ACT scores or prior college classes.

As of 2011, 61% of HFCC students attended part-time, while 39% had full-time status. Also during this year, 58% of the student population was female and 42% was male. The largest racial/ethnic groups were as follows in 2011: 39% White, 29% Black/African American, 27% unknown, and 2% Hispanic/Latino. As of 2011, 59% of students were 24 or younger, and 100% came from within the state of Michigan.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees as of 2012 were $75 per credit hour for those in the Dearborn school district, $135 per hour for those residing outside of the district, and $140 per hour for out-of-state students. Additional expenses associated with attendance include registration, admission, infrastructure, technology, and service fees. In 2011, tuition and fees for in-district students were $2,258 per academic year, while in-state students paid $3,698, and out-of-state students paid $3,818. The total estimated annual cost of attendance in 2011-2012, including fees, books, room and board, and supplies, was $12,954 for in-district students, $14,394 for in-state residents, and $14,514 for students from outside Michigan.

As of 2012, students whose balance for tuition and fees was greater than $600 were eligible to enroll in a monthly tuition payment program. In addition to federal grants and loans, some scholarships are available each year to new and returning students; HFCC maintains financial aid and scholarship information at its financial aid website.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 17,650 in 2011 (all undergraduates)**
Student Housing None**
Programs More than 100 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1 in 2011**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (23) and Culinary Arts/Chef Training (23)
1 to less-than-2-year certificate: Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician (25)
Associate's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (217)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 2007 entering class:
2% within normal time for program
8% within 150% of normal time for program
13% within twice the normal program length**
Entering Class Size 3,929 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 48% for full-time and 35% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Accepted year-round*
Tuition (2011-2012) $2,258 (in-district), $3,698 (in-state), $3,818 (out-of-state), includes fees**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Grant or scholarship aid (55%), Pell grants (53%), federal loans (44%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2011: 79% for full-time beginning students**

Sources: *Henry Ford Community College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions, Registration and Records, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128-1495
  • Phone: (313) 845-6403
  • Website: www.hfcc.edu

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