Frequently Asked Questions
Last revised 19 December 2014

  1. What is the Kalamazoo Promise?
  2. What is The Detroit College Promise?
  3. How will my donation be used?
  4. Who is eligible for The Detroit College Promise Scholarships?
  5. Do I need to fill out the FAFSA application?
  6. Are there any academic requirements?
  7. How much will I receive from the scholarship?
  8. Will scholarships be paid for transfer students to DPS high schools?
  9. Will students who attend Detroit Public Schools and transfer out of the system (to a private school, charter school, other school district or home schooling) prior to graduation be eligible?
  10. Does this program cover EAA schools, DPS charter schools or other charter schools?
  11. What are the eligible universities and/or colleges?
  12. Are vocational schools eligible?
  13. Can the scholarship be transferred to a private college or out-of-state vocational training program?
  14. What are the mandatory fees that The Detroit College Promise pays for?
  15. Are application fees covered?
  16. Does The Detroit College Promise pay for deposits that colleges require to secure enrollment?
  17. Can I wait before attending college?
  18. How long do students have to use The Detroit College Promise?
  19. Is study abroad covered?
  20. How long will The Detroit College Promise be available?
  21. How is The Detroit College Promise funded?
  22. Who started The Detroit College Promise?
  23. What is PathologyOutlines.com?
  24. What is the relationship between PathologyOutlines.com, Inc. and The Detroit College Promise?
  25. What is the relationship between The Detroit College Promise and other Promise programs?

What is the Kalamazoo Promise?
The Kalamazoo Promise is a widely publicized scholarship program which began in November 2005. It provides scholarships to Michigan public colleges and universities for all students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools, reside in the district, and have been Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) students at least during grades 9-12. There are no income or academic restrictions. The scholarships range from 65% to 100% of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for up to 4 years of college, based on the number of years of continuous KPS school attendance and Kalamazoo residency (65% for 4 years to 100% for 13 years, nothing if less than 4 years). The Kalamazoo Promise is funded by anonymous donors. It has had a dramatic impact on Kalamazoo, causing an increase in public school enrollment after years of decline, and creating a minor economic boom.
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What is The Detroit College Promise?
The Detroit College Promise is a grassroots version of the Kalamazoo Promise for Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. We began in spring 2008 and differ from the Kalamazoo Promise because we serve many more students, we have a more challenged school district, and we need to raise the money ourselves for scholarships and administration. Our mission is to motivate Detroit students to make education a priority. Ultimately, we hope to restore the Detroit Public Schools to being one of the top urban school districts in the nation.
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How will my donation be used?
100% of general donations are allocated for scholarships. All of our organizational expenses (salaries, rent, office expenses, fundraising expenses, etc.) are paid by our primary sponsor, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc. (see below) or other sponsors. Scholarship funds are paid directly to Michigan public colleges and universities. No money is paid directly to students, parents or the Detroit Public Schools.
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Who is eligible for The Detroit College Promise Scholarships?
The eligibility criteria are listed on the Scholarship Acceptance form (click here) and below. These scholarships are available to all students who registered on time (classes of 2009-2017), live in Detroit during grades 9-12 and are enrolled in a traditional Detroit Public School high school during grades 9-12. The eligibility criteria are:

Class of 2009: offered only to seniors at Cody High School who registered by 12/1/2008.
Class of 2010: offered only to seniors at Cass Tech, Central, Cody, Douglass, Pershing and Trombly High Schools who registered by 1/15/2010.
Classes of 2011-14: offered to all DPS students in grades 9-12 who registered by 12/3/2010.
Classes of 2015-2017: offered to all DPS students who registered by December 1 of grade 9.
Classes of 2018 and later: offered to all DPS students - no registration required.
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Do I need to fill out the FAFSA application?
Yes. Completion of the FAFSA form (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is required to receive money from our scholarship program, because it allows us to stretch our scholarship dollars and help more students. It should be completed online as soon as possible, beginning January 1 of the senior year. Some colleges award generous grants, but only if the FAFSA is completed on time. After March 1, less scholarship money is available. In addition, early completion prevents delays. More information about financial aid is available from the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (http://www.msfaa.org/resources/links.php) and Edu-Guide (www.eduguide.org).
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Are there any academic requirements?
No.
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How much will I receive from the scholarship?
Our scholarship pays towards the balance due, if any, for undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for full-time students at a Michigan public college or university, after application of ALL other grants or scholarships listed on the Financial Aid Award letter, including Pell Grant, SEOG, TIP, Wade McCree, Detroit Compact, college specific scholarships (note: for the classes of 2009-2013, the calculation considered only FAFSA related grants and TIP; for the classes of 2014 and beyond, all grants and scholarships are considered in the calculation). After calculating this number, the scholarship is adjusted to be at least the minimum amount and no more than the maximum amount for that year (see below). Students must complete the required paperwork on time (by July 1 for the next college year) to get the scholarship. The scholarship is paid to the student's account at the school.

If the other grants / scholarships total at least 100% of tuition and mandatory fees (this happens for about 50% of students), we provide a minimum scholarship.

If the other grants / scholarships do not total 100% of tuition and mandatory fees, the scholarship is based on the difference between the two, up to the maximum amount.

Class of 2009: Maximum $500 per year, up to 4 years (these are Cody students only); minimum of $100
Class of 2010: Maximum $500; minimum of $100; scholarship is for one semester only, but 4 years (maximum $2000) for Cody
Class of 2011: Maximum $500; minimum of $100 (scholarship is one semester only).
Class of 2012: Maximum $550; minimum of $110 (scholarship is one semester only).
Class of 2013: Maximum $600; minimum of $150 (scholarship is one semester only).
Class of 2014: To be announced in July 2014.

To receive a scholarship, the student must take at least 12 credit hours during either the Fall or Winter semester. Summer school classes are NOT covered at this time. Typically, the award is applied entirely to the fall semester. Four years is defined as the receipt of a bachelor’s degree or 130 credit hours towards a degree, whichever occurs first.
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Will scholarships be paid for transfer students to DPS high schools?
No, unless students also meet the eligibility criteria indicated above.
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Will students who attend Detroit Public Schools and transfer out of the district (to a private school, charter school, other school district or home schooling) prior to graduation be eligible?
No.
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Does this program cover EAA schools, DPS charter schools or other charter schools, and why not?
No. If this changes, it be announced in our newsletter.
First, we have limited funding for scholarships and administration. Second, our philosophy is that great public schools require strong parental and public involvement. Our traditional public schools, with an elected school board, are based on this model. Other school systems have a different philosophy, that less public involvement is better - they consider themselves to be superior to traditional public schools precisely because they do not have an elected school board. Students at other school systems can, of course, enroll in DPS to take advantage of the scholarship.
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What are the eligible universities and/or colleges?
All 43 state-supported public universities and community colleges in the State of Michigan.

Universities:
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University / Kendall School of Art & Design
Grand Valley State University
Lake Superior State University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Northern Michigan University
Oakland University
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Dearborn
University of Michigan Flint
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University

Community Colleges:
Alpena Community College
Bay de Noc Community College
Delta College
Glen Oaks Community College
Gogebic Community College
Grand Rapids Community College
Henry Ford Community College
Jackson Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kellogg Community College
Kirtland Community College
Lake Michigan College
Lansing Community College
Macomb Community College
Mid-Michigan Community College
Monroe County Community College
Montcalm Community College
Mott Community College
Muskegon Community College
North Central Michigan College
Northwestern Michigan College
Oakland Community College
Schoolcraft College
Southwestern Michigan College
St. Clair County Community College
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne County Community College
West Shore Community College
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Are vocational schools eligible?
All programs, including in the trades, at the above state supported community colleges are eligible. Programs at other schools are not.
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Can the scholarship be transferred to a private college or out-of-state vocational training program?
No.
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What are the mandatory fees that The Detroit College Promise pays for?
We use the definition of mandatory fees of the Michigan Educational Trust (MET):

“Mandatory fees are those required to be paid by all students attending a particular university/college. Application fees, contact hour fees and fees which are course specific (such as lab fees for science and computer classes, etc.), or fees assessed based on the number of credit hours enrolled are not covered.”
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Are application fees covered?
No. However, some institutions will waive the application fee if requested because of financial hardship.
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Does The Detroit College Promise pay for deposits that colleges require to secure enrollment?
No. Most college and universities want students to make deposits to ensure that they are serious about attending their institution.
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Can I wait before attending college?
Yes. The scholarship can be used up to 10 years after high school graduation.
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How long do students have to use The Detroit College Promise scholarship?
The scholarship is available for ten years following the student’s graduation from Detroit Public Schools (example - for the graduating class of 2015, the deadline to use the scholarship is June 2025).
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Is study abroad covered?
Study abroad is covered only if the program is administered by the Michigan college or university the student is attending. The only costs that are covered are the normal undergraduate tuition costs for the credits taken abroad.
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How long will The Detroit College Promise be available?
We plan to continue this scholarship year after year, with no ending date.
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How is The Detroit College Promise funded?
Our generous donors are listed on the Donor page.
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Who started The Detroit College Promise?
The Detroit College Promise was founded by its Executive Director, Dr. Nat Pernick, a third generation Detroiter, who himself is a product of the public school and public university system (click here for his CV).
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What is PathologyOutlines.com?
PathologyOutlines.com, Inc., established in August 2001, is a for-profit business with a non-profit ideology. It provides free, regularly updated, online textbooks of pathology and laboratory medicine to professionals worldwide. The website (www.PathologyOutlines.com) is entirely supported by advertising.
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What is the relationship between PathologyOutlines.com, Inc. and The Detroit College Promise?
PathologyOutlines.com covers most of the expenses of The Detroit College Promise that are not covered by grants. This means it is providing staff and office space and paying other office expenses not covered by grants. PathologyOutlines.com has also contributed towards the scholarship fund.
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What is the relationship between The Detroit College Promise and other Promise programs?
We are always interested in collaboration, but at this time, we have no direct relationship with other Promise type programs.
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