Who Is Eligible?

For a full list of requirements, please visit the Eligibility Page.

Four-Year Partner Schools

The following schools are four-year partners of the Detroit Promise. Unlimited partners have an unlimited number of scholarships available for Detroit Promise students; limited partners have a limited number.

Unlimited Partners

At this time, Walsh College is the only institution accepting transfer students. Students must have attended a partnering community college as a Detroit Promise students and must have earned a 3.0 or higher overall GPA, and 60 credits OR an associate degree.

Limited Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

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*).

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.

Students must:

  • Sign the Authorization to Release (AtR) for their school. Click here to log in and sign. Do not sign for multiple schools.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 overall GPA at all times.
  • Remain on track to complete a degree within four years.
  • Be a full-time student, meaning you register for and successfully pass/complete at least 12 credits per semester (24 credits per school year).

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.

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

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. 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.

No, information about an individual student cannot be released to anyone other than the student, unless that student has already given us permission to share it with a parent or mentor. To approve a parent, guardian, or other individual, students should email info@detroitpromise.com with the person copied and we will be sure to reply all with the records.

We also understand that, in addition to attending classes, some students work during business hours. We recommend students call us during their break or send us an email. If they wish, they may copy a parent or mentor on the email, and we will be sure to reply all.

Four-Year Handbook Brochure

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