F.A.Q.

WHAT IS THE LANSING PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

A post-secondary education scholarship program that provides financial assistance to high school graduates within the Lansing School District geographic boundaries.  Eligible students will receive funding for tuition and mandatory fees at Lansing Community College to cover a maximum of 65 credits (equivalent to an associate’s degree) or the financial equivalence of 60 credits at the LCC tuition rate toward the total cost of tuition and mandatory fees at Michigan State University.

 

HOW DID THE LANSING PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GET STARTED?

State legislation was passed in 2009, creating ten Michigan Promise Zone Authorities.  Lansing was selected as one of the ten cities to start a Promise Zone Scholarship Program, based on the percentage of children under age 18 living at or below the federal poverty level.  The Department of State Treasury provides oversight of all promise zones.  The main goal of promise zones is to transform communities by providing higher education opportunities at no or low cost.

 

HOW DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP WORK?

If students meet the eligibility requirements, they may apply for the Lansing Promise Scholarship.  The program is a “last dollar” program, meaning that students must apply for and accept all federal and state scholarships (e.g. Tuition Incentive Program) and grants before the amount of the Promise will be determined for a given year.  The Promise scholarship will supplement other financial assistance received toward the student’s post-secondary education as described under “What is the Lansing Promise Scholarship Program?”.

 

Students who are Lansing H.O.P.E. Scholarship-eligible must waive their H.O.P.E. scholarship in order to receive the Lansing Promise scholarship.

 

The Promise may be used to replace or supplement loans, work-study opportunities, private scholarships, or expected family contributions, but the Promise may not be used to replace federal or state grants or scholarships.

 

Students must maintain compliance with the eligible school’s academic standards and make regular progress towards a degree or certification.  Students must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Students will have a maximum of four years from high school graduation or GED completion to use Promise monies.

 

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR A LANSING PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP?

To qualify for the Promise, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Students must reside within the boundaries of the LSD
  • Students must attend for four or more consecutive years and graduate from a public or non-public school located within LSD or attend for eight or more consecutive years and obtain a GED before age 20
  • Households must meet federal eligibility requirements to apply for federal student aid and complete FAFSA each year
  • Students must apply within one year of graduation or completion of GED
  • Students must be admitted and enrolled at an eligible school
  • Enrolled students must maintain compliance with the eligible school’s academic standards and make regular progress toward a degree or certification
  • Students must complete a minimum of six credit hours per semester

 

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF BENEFITS?
For eligible students, the total amount of scholarship dollars will be awarded on the basis of length of consecutive attendance at a public or non-public school within the boundaries of the LSD, as follows:

K-12…………100%        6-12………….100%       12-12…………None

1-12………….100%       7-12…………..100%        Eight consecutive years and GED

2-12………….100%       8-12…………..100%        completion before age 20…………… 100%

3-12………….100%       9-12…………..100%

4-12………….100%       10-12…………None

5-12………….100%       11-12…………None

 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Student eligibility should be confirmed through the high school counseling office.  Once eligibility is confirmed, scholarship applications must be submitted online at www.lansingpromise.org.  The application deadline is November 1 for spring semester and June 1 for fall semester.  Students must apply for the Promise within one year of graduation or completion of a General Education Degree (“GED”).

 

WHO PROVIDES THE FUNDING FOR THE LANSING PROMISE SCHOLARSHP PROGRAM?

The funds necessary to provide Lansing Promise scholarship awards is currently provided by donations, grants, tax revenues, and other eligible sources.

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the Lansing Promise Scholarship Program, please visit your high school counseling office or www.lansingpromise.org for assistance, or email questions to info@lansingpromise.org.