Current or Recent High School Graduates contact our Promise Pathway Coaches:
Promise Pathway Coach
Director of Credential Completion
Current Promise Scholars should contact our Associate Administrator:
Janell “Nelly” Smith
Students who have already graduated from high school and have not used the Promise, have only used part of the Promise or are unsure about how to use the Promise, contact our Reconnection Specialist:
* Students attending the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) will only be awarded in the event that the State of Michigan does not cover their tuition and fees.
MCA: available for students who graduate from KPS in the spring of 2015 and beyond
To provide each Kalamazoo Public Schools graduate with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education with up to a 100% tuition scholarship.
The benefit will be graduated on the basis of length of continuous attendance and residency in the Kalamazoo Public School system.
Years in Attendance
This scholarship program provides up to four (4) years of tuition (in state) and mandatory fees for post-secondary education (per the scale above). The students must be a full-time student, taking 12 credit hours per semester minimum. Individual summer school classes will be covered as long as the class applies toward the degree or certification program in which the student is enrolled and is taken at their designated school of choice. A summer school request form must be completed AND approved in order to take summer classes away from the school of choice. The scholarship may only be used at one school a semester, all summer sessions are considered one semester.
The Kalamazoo Promise will be awarded at Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) institutions at the % above based on the average tuition and fees for the College of Literature, Science and Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Each MCA institution will match (through institutional grants and other non-loan sources) the tuition and fee cost differential between its annually published tuition and fees and this rate. Use of Promise scholarships at MCA institutions is available only to KPS students who graduate in spring 2015 and beyond and who begin college in the fall of 2015 and beyond.
Mandatory fees are defined using the same definition as the Michigan Educational Trust and are determined by each educational institution.
The post-secondary education must be completed within 10 years of the date of high school graduation. Exceptions to this requirement are granted for military service.
Four years shall be defined as the receipt of a bachelor degree or 130 credit hours towards a degree, whichever occurs first. This education must be pursued per the requirements listed above
• A Kalamazoo Promise summer school request form in order to take summer classes at other than the school of choice.