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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Detroit Promise provides eligible students with last dollar funding to cover the cost 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 school will bill the Detroit Promise.
Students are responsible for all other costs including books, housing, supplies and meals. Students should regularly apply to other scholarships to help cover the other costs of attendance.
The following schools are Detroit Promise two-year partners:
- Henry Ford College
- Macomb Community College
- Oakland Community College
- Schoolcraft College
- Wayne County Community College District
No. Two-year funding is only available at partnering community colleges.
Yes. Students can defer for up to one year. If a student wishes to take a gap year after high school, they must activate their scholarship by the fall semester of the following year.
A student who has an IEP should visit the access office at their school. A counselor will review their IEP, recommend a set amount of credits as full time status for the student, and ensure the student is aware of all of the services the school has to offer. The Detroit Promise will honor the community college’s recommendation for full time credits. The recommendation must be written by a college’s counselor on school letterhead and emailed to the Detroit Promise team (firstname.lastname@example.org). (If a student has an IEP it is important that they identify themselves and ask for services as, legally, colleges cannot ask).
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of every school year. SAP requires students to:
- Maintain a 2.0 overall GPA at all times.
- Pass at least 66.667% (about 2/3) of all of credits you register for over the year. Ex. If a student registers for 24 credits (usually 8 classes) during the school year, that student must complete and pass at least 16-18 credits (about 6 classes) by the end of the school year.
- Remain on track to complete their program within 150% of the time length of the program. Ex. Students completing an 2-year degree will have 3 years to graduate (2 years (100%) + 1 year (50%)).
- Be a full-time student–register for and attempt at least 24 credits per school year. Students may not drop or fail more than 33.33% of their total courses for the year.
A student can submit an appeal if they would like to attend classes part-time, take time off but reserve their scholarship, request summer funding, or request consideration for an extraordinary circumstance.
Please be aware that all appeals must be submitted through the links below.
Students must have the following documents ready before beginning the appeal process:
- A copy of their transcripts.
- An education plan. This must come from a college advisor or be generated by the college’s online portal. A plan created by students will not be accepted.
- A well-developed short essay clearly stating why they are submitting the appeal.
Please select the appropriate appeal below: