Henry Ford College


Located on the outskirts of Detroit, Henry Ford Community College offers an impressive array of programs, degrees, and certifications that reflect the needs and interests of its student body.


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Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $4,636
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 25 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) N/A / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 12,219


HFCC offers associate degrees, continuing education and trade/skill training programs. Associate degrees can be obtained in applied sciences-biotechnology, business administration, and children and families services. The school also has an English Language Institute. This institute is to help foreign students enhance their learning and language development, as well as serve as way for students to become more familiar with American culture. Each class is limited to 15 students and classes are offered year around.

The college offers a skilled trades and apprenticeship program. The courses offered, to name a few, prepare individuals for careers as electricians (commercial/residential), plumbers and pipe fitters, wood pattern makers and professionals that require knowledge of industrial truck repair. Overall, this apprenticeship program offers training for people employed or wanting to be employed in a skilled industrial occupation. Each program offered is employer based so courses are scheduled in 15 week semesters year round. The courses offered vary from quick refresher courses to comprehensive instructional courses. All courses have developmental aspects that give basic skill instruction needed to enter an apprenticeship. A solid foundation that gives practical skills and trade specific basics that provide both a hands on approach, as well as the theoretical trade specific competencies, is also incorporated. All courses can be tailored to the diverse needs and expectations of the different companies.

At its second campus, HFCC has The Center for Lifelong Learning that was established in 1997. This center provides individuals and employers the ability to upgrade their job skills with non-credit courses. The Center for Life Long Learning offers one-day or multi-term programs. The Center also has continuing education courses for individuals that want to keep up to date in their profession such as teachers and nurses or those who want to get a job in high demand areas such as computer technology, medical transcription, property assessment and real estate.

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Financial Aid

All students are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants, scholarships and loans may be available for eligible students. The school also offers a special program for tuition help. Inquire with the financial aid department for further information regarding this program.

Henry Ford offers a tuition freeze for all students who earn their degrees in four successive years from their enrollment date. The tuition freeze guarantee states that if at any time tuition is increased during their years of study, students will be refunded once the student graduates. Students must complete all courses within four years to receive this guarantee.

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HFCC is home to more than 30 clubs and organizations, including the All Around Art Association, Arab Student Union, Astronomy Club and the Baking Club, as well as offering many athletic and intramural sports, student life can rival that of any larger 4-year institution. Athletics include men’s baseball, basketball and golf and women’s basketball, softball and volleyball.

The tutoring center offers peer tutoring that helps students in math, chemistry, biology physics and history. During exam time, students can find additional help through the tutorial services offered to assist in preparation for midterms and final exams. Writing tutors are available to help students prepare essays, brainstorm ideas and organize and clarify key points and themes on assigned papers.

There is also help available for students in English as Second Language (ESL) courses. If a student needs additional practice in grammar, listening, reading or writing skills, there are tutors available to assist when needed. This is especially significant for ESL students who wish to continue to to earn either a GED or eventually university credits. HFCC can serve as the transition from ESL student to full-fledge college student for many English learners in the Detroit region.

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Local Community

The college is located in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn is considered to have one of Michigan’s leading attractions, the Henry Ford, which is known to be the world’s largest indoor and outdoor American history museum entertainment complex. It also happens to be the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. This complex holds Greenfield Village, a historical 80-acre town that highlights America’s greats like Noah Webster, Abraham Lincoln and Henry Ford, in seven different rebuilt historical districts. The Henry Ford also has an IMAX theatre and hosts the Ford Rouge factory tours where one can learn all about how automobiles are made and actually view the assembly line of the F-150. Aside from the major attractions, Dearborn is a relatively quiet suburban area with a population of less than 100,000 people.

Additional School Information

HFCC offers a transfer credit guarantee that states students will be refunded tuition for any course that does not transfer to another college or university.

The job skills guarantee is another interesting guarantee offered at HFCC. This program will re-train graduates who may not, according to their employer, meet the necessary skills requirements for the job post-graduation. The college will give up to 16 semester credit hours to the employee for no additional tuition cost (other fees need to be paid by the employer or employee). Students eligible for the guarantee must have earned an associate degree in a specialty area such as computer information systems, hospitality studies or administrative and information management. The graduate must be working at their present job full time and must have obtained the job within one year of graduation. The employer is responsible for contacting the school within the first 90 days of employment, authoring a letter that specifies the skills the graduate is lacking. Courses for the employee are then determined by the employer and a college advisor. The re-training courses must be completed within a year.


HFCC is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Michigan Commission of College Accreditation. The college also has many accreditations from professional organizations such as the Automotive Program accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and the Nursing Program accredited by the Michigan Board of Nurses and the National League of Nursing.

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