About the Detroit Promise

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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 Promise 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 Promise, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the spring of 2018 from a high school in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree, technical certificate**, or bachelors degree at any one of six participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities.

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.

*For the avoidance of doubt, all parties acknowledge and agree that the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation’s sole obligation hereunder is to administer the Detroit Promise on behalf of the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and neither the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation nor any of its affiliates have any other obligations hereunder, including, without limitation, any obligations for funding to the Member/Partner Institution universities and colleges or to the Detroit Promise Scholar students.

**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.

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