Detroit Promise

Signing Release Forms (AtR)

All students MUST sign a release form to be considered a Detroit Promise student at their college. Students should not sign more than once.

**Two-year Students: Click HERE**


**Four-year Students: Click HERE**


Need help finding your student ID number? Click here for help locating your ID number for each community college partner. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about The Detroit Promise, view the following handbooks for Two-Year Students and Four-Year Students to answer your questions about costs covered, eligibility, financial aid, and more.

The Detroit Promise* will make arrangements to ensure the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees are covered after Pell Grant/TIP funding is applied to an eligible student’s bill at a participating institution.

Please Note: Students are responsible for any other expenses they incur while attending classes including, but not limited to, room, board, books, equipment, etc.

*The Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation administers the Detroit Promise on behalf of the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and is not liable for funding to the universities, colleges, or students.

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High School Students 

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 Two-Year Students

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Four-Year Students 

Detroit Promise Skilled Certificate Programs

In addition to the traditional community college associate degree programs, the Detroit Promise is now partnering with select community colleges to offer shorter-term skilled certification tracks. Learn more on the Detroit At Work website.

Providing a Tuition-Free Path to College

In March of 2016, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Detroit Promise Zone authority which was created to dedicate a portion of tax dollars to permanently fund the two-year scholarships. The Detroit Promise will continue to operate as it has in the past, with support from the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation* as the transition to the Detroit Promise moves forward.

In partnership with the city’s Detroit Promise Zone, the Detroit Promise, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the spring of 2019 from a high school in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree, technical certificate**, or bachelors degree at any one of six participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities.

In 2011, Governor Rick Snyder announced his intention to provide Detroit high school graduates with a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate. Since 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber has administered the Detroit Scholarship Fund, which is funded by the Michigan Excellence in Education Foundation to fulfill the Governor’s pledge.

*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 should check with their school to ensure that their desired degree or technical certificate is Pell-eligible. Programs that are not Pell-eligible will not be covered by the Detroit Promise.

How do I qualify?

  • Attend any high school in the city of Detroit for at least two years and graduate from a Detroit high school in the spring of 2019 (must be a Detroit resident). This includes schools operated by Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) as well as self-governing, charter, private, alternative, home and parochial schools.
  • Successfully complete and submit the  FAFSA  by June 30, 2020.
  • Register for the Detroit Promise by June 30, 2020.
  • Be admitted to a participating college.
  • Participate in the mandatory student academic success activities as outlined by the participating colleges. This may include orientation sessions, study groups and/or classes on academic success.

Please note these are the requirements for two-year funding. Please click HERE for information about four-year funding

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