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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. This page was designed with you in mind and answers the most common questions we receive. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please email info@detroitpromise.com and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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What does the Detroit Promise cover (and not cover)?

  • Covers: The Detroit Promise arranges last dollar funding for eligible students to cover the costs of tuition and mandatory 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 an eligible balance remaining at a four-year institution, the institution will arrange for the remainder to be covered by gift aid (often generously granted by the institution itself) and a contribution from the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (through the Detroit Promise*).
  • Does not cover: The Detroit Promise does not cover books, housing, supplies, meals or non-mandatory fees. Students are responsible for these costs and should regularly apply to other scholarships to help cover them.

*For the avoidance of doubt, all parties acknowledge and agree that the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation’s sole obligation hereunder is to administer the Detroit Promise on behalf of the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and neither the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation nor any of its affiliates have any other obligations hereunder, including, without limitation, any obligations for funding to the Member/Partner Institution universities and colleges or to the Detroit Promise Scholar students.


How can a student register?

Eligible students, please register here.


What should students do after they have registered? 

A verification link will be sent via email with next steps. Students cannot move forward with Detroit Promise funding until this step is completed. To ensure receipt, students should check their email regularly, including their spam folder.


What are the academic requirements to qualify for two-year funding vs. four-year funding?

  • Two-year funding carries neither a GPA nor exam score requirement and will support eligible students for up to three years as they pursue a two-year degree or a technical certificate at a community college. Programs 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 21 ACT or 1060 SAT 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 these and the other requirements are eligible for four years of funding at a participating four-year institution to which they are accepted.

What must students do to become and remain eligible for two-year or four-year funding?

Please visit the full list of eligibility requirements here.


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

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


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 complete at least 12 credits each semester in order to maintain eligibility.

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 their scholarship 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. Exceptions may be made based on medical and military necessity. Please contact the Detroit Promise with questions.


What should a student do if they have an IEP (Individualized Education Program)?

Students with an IEP should visit the access office at their school. A counselor will review their IEP to ensure the student has access to all the services the school has to offer. If a student has an IEP, it is important that they identify themselves and ask for services as, legally, colleges cannot ask.

Two-Year Students: A counselor will review their IEP and recommend a set amount of credits as full-time status for the student. 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).  

Four-Year Students: Students with IEPs are still required to complete 12 credits per semester.  


What is the Detroit Promise Path?

The Detroit Promise Path is a student success program that assigns a Campus Coach, as of Fall 2019, to all Detroit Promise community college students. Campus Coaches connect students with on-campus student resources, support their educational journey and personal growth, and assist them in achieving goals. Please note that while participation in the Detroit Promise Path is highly encouraged to support student success, not participating will not impact the student’s eligibility for Detroit Promise funding.

In addition to the benefit of having a dedicated, knowledgeable coach, each scholar participating in the Detroit Promise Path will receive a monthly stipend of $50 and be connected to a community of Detroit Promise scholars.

Learn more about the Detroit Promise Path here


How can a student submit an appeal?

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:

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