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Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better.

We are honored and excited to cheer for our students as they work towards a college credential,  and we’re here to answer any questions you have along the way. This page is designed just for parents and contains FAQs and the most common topics. Please let us know if you have any questions that are not addressed on this page.

What is the Detroit Promise?

Who is eligible for the Detroit Promise?

Should I register my child for the Detroit Promise?

Can two-year students apply funding to their first two years at a university?

Can two-year students defer their scholarship?

Can four-year students defer their scholarship?

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

How can I be sure that my child has registered?

How I can I be sure my child has done all they need to do?

How long does a student have to have lived in Detroit?

How can my child be identified as eligible for four-year funding?

Why can’t I speak on behalf of my student?

What should I do if my child has an IEP and plans to attend a community college?

What should I do if my child has an IEP and plans to attend a university?

Are students permitted to attend college part-time?

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

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

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

How can my child find funding to cover college costs that are not covered by the Detroit Promise?

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Who is eligible for the Detroit Promise?

High school seniors attending any high school in Detroit and living in Detroit. Students must meet both requirements. All Detroit high schools are eligible (public, private, charter, parochial etc.) as long as the school has a Detroit address. Students who attended multiple schools are eligible as long as all of the schools were located in Detroit.

Requirements Two Year Funding Four-Year Funding
Must Live in Detroit At Least Junior & Senior Year All Four Years of High School
Must Attend Any High School in Detroit* for at Least Junior & Senior Year Any High School in Detroit* for All Four Years of High School
Must Receive A High School diploma or GED** A High School Diploma
GPA Requirements No Minimum GPA Required Minimum 3.0 Overall GPA***
Exam Requirements No Minimum Exam Score Required Minimum 21 ACT or 1060 SAT Score

Students receiving a GED must be issued a GED from a Detroit-based entity and can be no older than age 19 by September 1 of their freshman year of college.

Should I register my child for the Detroit Promise?

No. We make it a point to visit every school in the city to register students in their senior year. Sometimes, students forget they have already registered with us. If a second account is created for a student, it causes long delays when students are trying to sign for the scholarship and when colleges are trying to apply the scholarship to the student’s account. It is very important that students do not have duplicate accounts.

Can two-year students apply funding to their first two years at a university?

No. Two-year funding is only available at partnering community colleges.

Can two-year students defer their scholarship?

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.

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.-

How can I be sure that my child has registered?

Please have your child send us an email including their first & last name, their date of birth, and the high school they attended, along with a brief message explaining that they would like confirmation that they have registered. Our email address: info@detroitpromise.com. This email must come from the student, however, students are welcome to copy parents on all communication.

How I can I be sure my child has done all they need to do?

We can only release information about a specific student’s account to the student. Please have your child send us an email including their first & last name, their date of birth, and the high school they attended, along with a brief message explaining that they would like confirmation that they have registered. Our email address: info@detroitpromise.com

How long does a student have to have lived in Detroit?

Students must have lived in Detroit for at least two years (at least junior and senior year) in order to be eligible for two-year funding.

Students must have lived in Detroit for at least four years (grades 9-12) in order to be eligible for four-year funding.

How can my child be identified as eligible for four-year funding?

Only the counselor/college advisor in your child’s school can indicate eligibility. Students will receive an email immediately if they have been marked as eligible (be sure to check the spam box). Students should speak to their counselor if they believe they have met the requirements but have not received an email. The requirements for four-year funding can be found on the Detroit Promise High School Student page.

Why can’t I speak on behalf of my student?

Legally, we are required to protect student data unless they grant permission for a parent to inquire. Furthermore, as students embark upon their college journey, it is important that they gain the skills necessary to speak for themselves and organize their own affairs. We are here to help students prepare for life after college and that includes encouraging them to be responsible for their own records.

What should I do if my child has an IEP and plans to attend a community college?

If your child has an IEP, they 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 (info@detroitpromise.com). (If a student has an IEP it is important that they identify themselves and ask for services as, legally, colleges cannot ask.) 

What should I do if my child has an IEP and plans to attend a university?

If your child has an IEP, they 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.)

Are students permitted to attend college part-time?

Community college students must submit an appeal in order to be considered for part-time eligibility. This appeal can be found under the Detroit Promise Two-Year Student page.

University students are required to take complete at least 12 credits each semester on order to maintain eligibility.

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

The following schools are Detroit Promise two-year partners:

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 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.

How can my child find funding to cover college costs that are not covered by the Detroit Promise?

Seeing as Detroit Promise funding only helps with the cost of tuition, students may wish to look for scholarships or job opportunities to help with the other costs of college attendance (i.e. books, dorms, meal plans, transportations, clothing, etc.). We encourage students to visit our Cost of Attendance Resources page as a starting point for seeking more funding opportunities.

Thank you for your support!

Please send an email to info@detroitpromise.com if there are any further questions.

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