Detroit students can earn 4-year bachelor's degree tuition-free

'Detroit Promise' program expands

DETROIT - The Michigan governor and Detroit mayor announced Monday the expansion of the Detroit Promise college scholarship program to include free tuition at four-year institutions.

Earlier this year, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the creation of the Detroit Promise which is meant to guarantee that every Detroit high school graduate will have the opportunity for two years of tuition-free college education at five local community colleges, whether they graduate from a public, private or charter school. That's now expanded to four years of school at four-year institutions. 

From Mayor Duggan's office: 

The pilot program will allow any Detroit high school student who graduates with a 3.0 GPA or better, and scores over 21 on ACT or 1060 on SAT, the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree tuition-free. In the current academic year, over 700 are receiving two-year or four-year, last-dollar scholarships – funding that covers any shortfall after other financial aid such as Pell Grants have been applied.

Registration is open to seniors who live in Detroit and attend any Detroit high school. The final date for registration is February 1 for Universities, and June 30 for Community Colleges.

The expansion of the program has been introduced as a pilot for two cohorts of four-year students that began this fall and will include a second cohort that starts next fall. The additional funding is coming from private funds raised by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF), and the Promise partners are now developing options for the further extension of the program.

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