Four-Year Students

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Congratulations on your choice to further your education! The Detroit Promise Team is excited to be part of your journey. This page was designed with you in mind and answers the most common questions we receive. Please reach out to us if your questions are not answered on this page.

What does the Detroit Promise cover?

What do I have to do to remain eligible for funding?

Which schools partner with the Detroit Promise to serve four-year students?

Can four-year students defer their scholarship?

Can funding be applied to out-of-state schools?

What steps should a four-year student with an IEP take?

Can a parent or mentor contact the Detroit Promise to get information about a student’s account?

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Detroit Promise cover?

The Detroit Promise provides eligible students with last dollar funding to cover the costs of tuition and fees. This means that any Pell and/or TIP funding must be applied to a student’s tuition and fees bill, first. If there is a balance remaining, the balance will be covered using institutional aid (generously granted by the college/university, itself) and a contribution from the MEEF (through the Detroit Promise*).

Students are responsible for all other costs including books, housing, supplies and meals.

*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

What do I have to do to remain eligible for funding?

Students must:

  • Sign the Authorization to Release (AtR) for their school. Click here to log in and sign) Do not sign for multiple schools.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 overall GPA at all times
  • Remain on track to complete a degree within four years
  • Be a full-time student–register for and successfully pass/complete at least 12 credits per semester (24 credits per school year)

Which schools partner with the Detroit Promise to serve four-year students?

Below is a list of partnering four-year schools. 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).

Unlimited Partners

Limited Partners

Can four-year students defer their scholarship?

No. Four-year students must begin college at a participating institution in the fall of their graduation year or they forfeit eligibility.

Can funding be applied to out-of-state schools?

No. Funding is only available to students while they are attending a participating institution and only at the level for which they are eligible.

What steps should a four-year student with an IEP take?

Students with an IEP, should visit the access office at their school. A counselor will review their IEP ensure the student has access to all of the services the school has to offer. Students with IEPs are still required to complete 12 credits per semester at the university level. (If a student has an IEP it is important that they identify themselves and ask for services as, legally, colleges cannot ask).

Can a parent or mentor contact the Detroit Promise to get information about a student’s account?

Generally, no. We cannot release information about an individual student to anyone other than the student, unless that student has already given us permission to do so. Furthermore, college is all about growth and gaining new skills; it is important for students to take the lead and use this time to practice asking the right questions and organizing their own affairs.

We also understand that some students work in addition to attending classes, during business hours. We recommend students call us during their break or send us an email (info@detroitpromise.com). If they wish, they may copy a parent or mentor on the email and we will be sure to reply all.

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