Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application deadline?
The 2020 program application will be posted soon, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full. Applications received by September 1st will have the $50 application fee waived.
What are the program dates?
The 2020 program runs from March 16th-November 9th (NO CLASS May 25 & September 7)
When does the program meet?
Mondays from 9AM to 5PM. One weekend trip (Saturday through Monday June 20 - 22) is also required.
How much does the program cost?
Program fees for 2020 are $3,900 plus the cost of books and materials (~$200).
Are scholarships available?
Program participants can apply for need and merit-based scholarships of $500 to $2,500 through the OFTP. Click here for more information!.
Is financial aid available?
Federal Financial Aid is not available for this non-credit certificate program.
Can I use GI Bill funds or Veterans Benefits to pay for the OFTP?
At this time, GI Bill Funds and Veterans Benefits cannot be used to pay for the OFTP.
Do you accept AmeriCorps Education Awards?
Do I get credit for the program? Will I be considered an MSU student?
Program participants do not get college credit for completing the OFTP. You will receive a Certificate from the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm, Department of Horticulture, and Center for Regional Food Systems upon completion of the program.
Program participants are not technically enrolled at MSU. They do receive an ID during orientation, allowing them access to many of the on-campus facilities, such as libraries, campus dining halls, fitness facilities, computer labs and more!
What kind of work are the graduates of the program doing?
Graduates land in a variety of farming-related jobs after the program, such as managing an existing farm's CSA or production or starting their own urban or rural farm or working in the non-profit food and farming sector. To read more about what our farmers are doing now, check out our OFTP Graduates page.