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6 New Schools Sign on to Detroit Promise Program Providing Free College to Detroit High School Students

August 10, 2023

The Detroit Promise, a program that provides a tuition-free path to trade, two-year, or four-year credentials for Detroit-based students, has added six new college partners to support its work: the College for Creative Studies, Ferris State University, Lawrence Technological University, Olivet College, Siena Heights University, and St. Clair County Community College. This brings the total number of partners to 32, expanding options for students who live in and attend high school in Detroit to pursue postsecondary education at no cost.

“I am thrilled to be expanding our partnerships and to welcome these institutions to the Detroit Promise,” said Wytrice Harris, Senior Director of College Success and Partnerships for Detroit Promise. “More higher education partners mean more options for students to pursue a degree or credential that will shape their futures. This growing support speaks to the value of this program for the students and educational institutions involved, as well as for the future of the state’s workforce and economy.”

The Detroit Promise works with its higher education partners to ensure improved access to and success through postsecondary education for Detroit students. The program also provides campus coaches through the Detroit Promise Path. These coaches provide wraparound support and counsel to students through their educational journeys and personal growth to ensure their progress and success.

Detroit Promise is celebrating 10 years in 2023 and more than 5,000 students supported from over 50 Detroit high schools. The Promise covers the total cost of tuition and other expenses after any Pell or TIP funding is applied to a student’s bill. The noncompetitive award is available to any student that meets basics requirements and applies for the Detroit Promise.

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About Detroit Promise  

The Detroit Promise offers a tuition-free path to trade, two-year, and four-year credentials at 32 Michigan colleges for Detroit high school students and is one of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s flagship education and talent programs. The Detroit Promise has been administered by the Chamber since 2013. Funded by the Detroit Promise Zone Authority and the Michigan Excellence in Education Foundation, the Detroit Promise provides educational opportunities to students to help the Region achieve the goal to reach 60% educational attainment and cut the racial equity gap in half by 2030. Learn more at