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
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
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.
Eligible students: Register Your Account Today
Students should check their email regularly (and spam box). We will send a verification link via email. Students will not be able to move forward with Detroit Promise funding until this step is completed.
What is the difference between two-year funding and four-year funding?
Two-year funding carries neither a GPA nor exam score requirement and will support students for up to three years as they pursue a two-year degree or a technical certificate. Certificates must be eligible for Pell in order to be eligible for Detroit Promise funding.
Four-year funding requires high school seniors to have a 3.0 overall GPA by February 15 and at least a 21ACT/1060SAT exam score. Exams must be scored and in the hands of the students by April 30 in order to be eligible for Detroit Promise funding. Students meeting requirements are eligible for four years of funding at a participating university to which they are accepted.
Which schools partner with the Detroit Promise to serve two-year students?
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
How are students 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.
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).
- 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
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 (email@example.com). If they wish, they may copy a parent or mentor on the email and we will be sure to reply all.
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 along the way. Please let us know if you have any questions that are not addressed on this page. firstname.lastname@example.org