Oklahoma’s Promise allows 8th -, 9th - or 10th - grade students from families with an income of $50,000 or less to earn a college tuition scholarship. Students must also meet academic and conduct requirements in high school.
Created in 1992 by the Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college, Oklahoma’s Promise was originally designated as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). The program is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
If the student meets the program's requirements, Oklahoma's Promise will pay his/her tuition at an Oklahoma public two-year college or four-year university. It will also cover at least a portion of tuition at an Oklahoma accredited private college or university or for certain courses offered at public technology centers that qualify for credit from an Oklahoma public two-year college. The scholarship amount, however, does not cover items such as fees, books, supplies, or room and board. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for other forms of financial aid to cover these costs.
Requirements include completing 17 core courses including 4 units of English, 3 Lab Sciences, 3 mathematics (Algebra I and above), 3 History and Citizenship Skills, 2 Foreign Languages OR 2 Computer Technology classes, 1 Fine Art, and 1 Core elective.
The student must have a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken AND a 2.50 GPA in the 17 specific college prep courses required to receive the OK Promise scholarship.
To be eligible to enroll for Oklahoma’s Promise, your parent’s income, both taxable and nontaxable, must not exceed $50,000. There will be a second income check when the student starts college to ensure the student still meets the Oklahoma's Promise income criteria. This second check will be verified through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). At this second income check, the family’s income may not exceed $100,000.
To apply for this scholarship, 8th graders, 9th graders, and 10th graders should check out the Oklahoma Higher Education web site at www.okpromise.org. Applications must be submitted on or before June 30, 2016.
You may also call Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s student information hotline at 1-800-858-1840. You may also contact, Mrs. Meason at (580) 588-3358 x5207 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. APPLY TODAY!