What is the Detroit Promise?
In March of 2016, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Detroit Promise Zone authority which was created to dedicate a portion of tax dollars to permanently fund the two-year scholarships. The Detroit Scholarship Fund will continue to operate as it has in the past, with support from the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation as the transition to the “Detroit Promise” moves forward.
In partnership with the city’s Detroit Promise Zone, the Detroit Scholarship Fund, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the spring of 2016 from a high school in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate* at any one of five participating community colleges.
In 2011, Governor Rick Snyder announced his intention to provide Detroit high school graduates with a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate. Since 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber has administered the Detroit Scholarship Fund, which is funded by the Michigan Excellence in Education Foundation to fulfill the Governor’s pledge.
*Students should check with their school to ensure that their desired degree or technical certificate is Pell-eligible. Programs that are not Pell-eligible will not be covered by the Detroit Promise.
How do I qualify?
- Attend any high school in the city of Detroit for at least two years and graduate from a Detroit high school in the spring of 2016 (must be a Detroit resident). This includes schools operated by Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), as well as self-governing, charter, private, alternative, and parochial schools.
- Successfully complete and submit the FAFSA by June 30, 2017.
- Register for the Detroit Promise by June 30, 2017.
- Be admitted to a participating college.
- Participate in the mandatory student academic success activities as outlined by the participating community colleges. This may include orientation sessions, study groups and/or classes on academic success.