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 December 2011


This is our monthly email providing important information for Detroit Public School students, parents, teachers and staff, and others interested in preparing Detroit students for college.  Please forward this email to your friends and social networks.     


Start Thinking About The FAFSA 


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid application. This application is required in order to receive the Detroit College Promise Scholarship.  You should start working on it NOW, and then start working on the online form when it becomes available on January 1, 2012.

1. Gather the documents you need, including your Social Security Number, driver's license, income tax returns, bank statements, and investment records.

2. Print out a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, write in your answers and gather your parents' information. On January 1, you should transfer the data to FAFSA on the Web.

3. Plan how to sign your FAFSA.  You can sign electronically with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by mailing in a signature page. 

4. Check your eligibility for federal student aid, and note important deadlines.


We strongly urge all students to get a head start on this form!



2012What Are The Next Steps For Seniors?

In January, we will start sending seniors more information about the next steps they have to take in the scholarship process.  Seniors must send us three forms together when they are all complete:

  • A high school transcript (to confirm that they are attending a DPS school)
  • A completed scholarship acceptance form (click here)
  • A financial aid award letter from the college / university they will be attending.

For examples of what award letters look like click here, or here.


Student Aid


Financial Aid Workshop

Western Michigan University will host a financial aid workshop to help high school students and parents. There will be tips on filling out the FAFSA, financial aid information about WMU and information on other community scholarships.  A light dinner will also be served.

Start: January 18, 2012, 6:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Contact: If you plan to attend please send an e-mail to Doreen Odom at least 2 days prior to the      workshop.
Location: Youthville

                 7375 Woodward (Woodward & W. Grand Blvd.

                 Detroit, MI 

Address: 7375 Woodward Detroit, MI



College Expo

College Expo 

The Detroit College Promise plans on hosting a College Expo in March. Check back for further details!


Got Questions

Do You Need Advice?


Do you have questions such as how to create a college portfolio or the best way to study or get motivated? has a simple forum where you can get advice from fellow students, parents and educators. Simply type in your question. Click here for the website.    


healthFree Health Clinic

Staffers from St. John Health System will be on hand at select Detroit Public Schools during the districts first-ever holiday session to offer free health clinics. St. John will offer free health screenings and immunizations, but students must have parental consent. The free clinics will be held at Marcus Garvey Academy on December 27 and 29, and January 3 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at Osborn High School on January 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Give back

Inspire Other Students


Are you a DPS graduate who received our scholarship? We are looking for graduates to come back to their schools and speak to students about college.  If you are interested in doing this call us at 248-646-3269.




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The Detroit College Promise

30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408

Bingham Farms, MI 48025


Telephone: (248) 646-3269

Fax: (248) 646-3119