Counselor: Oklahoma's Promise
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Oklahomans want to see deserving students succeed – students who study and work hard, but whose families find it difficult to afford college. If your child dreams of going to college and works to achieve it, then we can help make it a reality!
To make that happen, the Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth, ninth and 10th grade students (homeschool students must be age 13, 14 or 15) that will help pay for their college education if their family's income is $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program.* This program is Oklahoma's Promise.
But college isn't easy. So to make sure students get ready for college while they're still in high school, the program requires students to take certain high school courses. They will have to pass those courses and keep up their grades. And besides staying on top of the books, students will also have to show that they're in control outside the classroom. That means staying away from trouble like gangs, drugs and alcohol. In short, the student promises to prepare academically for college and stay out of trouble, and in return, the state of Oklahoma promises to help pay the student’s college tuition.
If you don't qualify for this program, there are still other ways to pay for college, including scholarships, grants and student loans. For more information on other financial aid, see your counselor for more details.
Once a student reaches the program's goals, 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 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 books, supplies, room and board, or any other special fees. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for other forms of financial aid to cover these costs.
1.The student's family income must be less than $50,000 at the time of enrollment. For students receiving the award for the first time in 2012-13, the income of the student's parents (or the student if the student is financially independent of their parents) may not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship.
2.Take 17 units of required high school courses to help get ready for college (see the next section for details). The Oklahoma's Promise Curriculum Checklist (PDF, 42k) can help you record your grades and make sure you have taken the right courses. You can also get more details about what high school courses count toward the Oklahoma's Promise curriculum.
3.Make a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in the 17 units and a cumulative 2.5 GPA for your overall high school career.
4.Don't skip school.
5.Do your homework.
6.Don't abuse drugs or alcohol.
7.Don't commit criminal or delinquent acts.
8.Meet with a teacher, counselor or principal to go over your schoolwork and records.
9.Provide information when requested.
10.Apply for other financial aid during your senior year of high school.
11.Take part in Oklahoma's Promise activities that will prepare you for college.
12.For students applying for the program in 2007-08 and thereafter, the student must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully present in the United States at the time they enroll in college in order to receive the scholarship.
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