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Detroit Promise Offers Path to College for Detroit Students

June 01, 2021

Detroit PromiseHigh school seniors who have both attended any high school in Detroit and lived in Detroit for at least their junior and senior year are encouraged to take advantage of Detroit Promise. Detroit Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that ensures all eligible Detroit residents have a tuition-free path to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or technical certificate at participating academic institutions, including Schoolcraft College.

As a last-dollar scholarship, any Pell or TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) funding will always be applied to a student’s bill first. The Detroit Promise serves to cover any eligible funding gap. Programs that are not Pell-eligible cannot be covered by the Detroit Promise.

At two-year schools, such as Schoolcraft College, the Detroit Promise will be billed for any remaining balance up to the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees.*

After a student has received their certificate or associate degree from one of the Detroit Promise’s partnering colleges, they could transfer to Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Rochester University, Walsh College or Wayne State University, tuition-free.

Institution Community
College GPA
Credits/Credential Can enroll in Funding
provided for

Michigan Technological




Two years

Oakland University



Fall, Winter or

Two years

Rochester University


16 credits

Fall, Spring,


Walsh College


60 credits or
associate degree

Fall, Spring,

Two years

Wayne State University


58 credits or
associate degree


Two years

In addition to scholarship money, students also receive academic support through the Detroit Promise Path. This student success program assigns a Campus Coach to all Detroit Promise community college students.

Campus Coaches provide mentorship by connecting students with on-campus resources, supporting their educational journeys, and helping them achieve their goals. The Campus Coach also can discuss the GPA requirements and credits/credentials the student must meet.

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.

A student also can become a Detroit Promise Ambassador, becoming the face and voice of the program while participating in community events, panels and more.

To be eligible for Detroit Promise:

  • High school seniors who have both attended any high school in Detroit and lived in Detroit for at least their junior and senior year. Students must meet both requirements.
  • All Detroit high schools are eligible (public, private, charter, parochial, etc.) if the school has a Detroit address.
  • Students who attended multiple schools are eligible if all of the schools were located in Detroit.
  • Detroit Promise funding is not competitive. Every student who registers and meets the requirements will receive funding if their college determines they have an eligible funding gap.

To remain eligible for Detroit Promise Path participation, students must:

  • Maintain SAP** (2.0 overall GPA and completion of 2/3 of enrolled classes or at a 67%).
  • Meet with coach twice monthly.
  • Maintain open, responsive communication with the coach.
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year.

Since 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise, which is funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and university partners.

*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.

**SAP means Satisfactory Academic Progress