The four-year Detroit Promise is a last dollar funding program for students who live in the city of Detroit and will graduate from any Detroit high school in 2017. It provides Detroit youth a tuition-free path to a bachelor’s degree at a number of four-year universities in the state of Michigan.
What is the Detroit Promise?
The Detroit Promise is last dollar funding provided to eligible students to cover the costs of tuition and fees. (As a last dollar scholarship, any Pell or TIP funding will always be applied to a student’s bill first). At two-year schools, the Detroit Promise* will be billed for any remaining balance up to the full cost of tuition and fees. At four-year schools, any balance after Pell/TIP is applied will be covered using institutional aid (generously granted by the college/university, itself) and a contribution from the MEEF (through the Detroit Promise*).
Detroit Promise funding is not competitive. Every student who registers and meets the requirements will receive funding if their college determines they have need.
*The Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation administers the Detroit Promise on behalf of the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and is not liable for funding to the universities, colleges or students
- Reside in the city of Detroit from ninth grade through 12th grade
- Attend for all four years and graduate from any Detroit high school: DPS, EAA, charter, private, parochial, home school, etc. Students who have attended multiple Detroit high schools are eligible
- Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA as of Monday, Feb. 1 of senior year
- Must have a minimum score of 21 ACT/1060 SAT as of senior year (can re-test through Feb.)
- Meet college or university admission requirements
If you are not eligible for the Detroit Promise, there are still funding options available to you. Talk to universities about your individual funding options.
If you are eligible for the four-year track, you must complete the official registration form.
Only your counselor or college advisor can indicate that you have met the eligibility requirements for four-year tuition assistance (3.0 cumulative GPA and 21 ACT/1060 SAT score). Once your counselor marks you as eligible for the four-year track in the DSF system, you will receive an email instructing you to log in to your DSF account and select your four-year schools of interest.
Please check your email regularly.
- Feb. 1 – Apply to college/university
- Feb. 1 – Register for the Detroit Promise
- Mar. 1 – Complete FAFSA
- Mar. 15 – Sign the Detroit Scholarship Fund Authorization to Release (ATR) form
- May 1 – Formally accept admission to one university
- May 1 – Sign the Detroit Promise Authorization to Release (Available April 1)
Funding cannot be guaranteed to students who do not meet deadlines.
Unlimited partners have an unlimited number of scholarships available for Detroit Promise students; limited partners have a limited number of scholarships reserved for Detroit Promise students. Visit us periodically for a list of updated university partners.
- Albion College
- Eastern Michigan University
- Grand Valley State University
- Madonna University
- Michigan State University
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- University of Michigan – Dearborn
- University of Michigan – Flint
- Wayne State University
- Western Michigan University
- Central Michigan University
- Marygrove College
- Michigan Technological University
- Northern Michigan University
- Oakland University
- Saginaw Valley State University
- University of Detroit – Mercy
For more information, call 313.596.0478.