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Going to a Four-Year School with the Detroit Promise

Last updated January 3, 2020

Qualifying for the 4-year Detroit Promise is slightly trickier than qualifying for 2-year funding. That being said, it’s worth striving for—Students who qualify for the Detroit Promise to 4-year Michigan schools are guaranteed 4 years of tuition-free access to partner Michigan colleges as you work towards a degree!! Here’s how the 4-year Promise works, how to remain eligible once you have it, and what it pays for! 

How to qualify for the 4-year Detroit Promise

The main difference between the 2-year and 4-year Detroit Promise funding are the academic and attendance/residency requirements. Students must:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA by February 14th of their senior year (and maintain it through graduation).
  • Score at least a 1060 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT (can take retests through February).
  • Attend a Detroit high school for all 4 years of high school AND live in Detroit for all 4 years of high school.
  • If you meet these requirements, complete your FAFSA, and create an account at www.detroitchamber.com/profile (and immediately check your email)

How to keep the 4-year Detroit Promise once you get it!

To remain eligible, students have to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at their school. Sound confusing? Here’s what SAP means:

  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Remain on track to complete your degree in 4 years
  • Be a full time student; Pass 12 credits per semester.
  • Sign the Authorization to Release (AtR) for your school. Click here to log in and sign) Do not sign for multiple schools.

Most importantly, what does the 4-year Detroit Promise pay for?

The 4-year Detroit Promise funds all last-dollar tuition costs and mandatory fees at any participating 4-year partner college you choose to attend.

Last dollar tuition funding means any tuition costs and mandatory fees that don’t get covered by your financial aid award will be completely covered by the Promise. This means you’re attending essentially tuition-free!

Unfortunately, what the Promise does not cover is book costs, housing, food, and supplies.

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