Promise Appeal

Promise Appeal for Extraordinary Circumstances

The Harper College Promise Scholarship Program offers the opportunity to appeal eligibility determinations in the event of extraordinary circumstances.  Extraordinary circumstances are defined as significant events that were unforeseen and completely out of the family’s control. Examples of extraordinary circumstances may include, but are not limited to: death in the family, serious accident, or sudden extended illness.

Appealing High School Criteria

High School Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors who do not meet the eligibility requirements are notified by mail in late August of the next school year. The letter from Harper College includes information on the process for filing an appeal in the event of extraordinary circumstances. The appeal process opens up late August and must be submitted by September 15th. 
Notification of your appeal submission will be mailed to the address on file no later than November 1st.

High School Seniors who do not meet the eligibility requirements are notified by email to their Harper Email Account in June. The email from Harper College includes information on the process for filing an appeal in the event of extraordinary circumstances. 

The online appeal form will become available on this website during the open appeal timeframe. You must appeal each criteria that you did not meet if you wish to try and remain a part of the Promise Program. Please review the required documentation below.

Attendance

Obtain and attach an official attendance report for the year you are appealing. This must be obtained from your high school attendance office. In addition, an explanation for all days absent must be submitted. Any supporting documentation (i.e. doctors note, out of state travel due to funeral, etc.) may also be attached to support your appeal.

Rigor/Quality

Obtain and attach a copy of your high school transcript that shows GPA calculation (unofficial transcripts from Infinite Campus are acceptable).  Any supporting documentation (i.e. doctors note, out of state travel due to funeral, etc.) may also be attached to support your appeal.

Persistence

Work with your high school counselor and create and attach a plan describing how you will get back on track within the school year.

Community Service

Evidence that demonstrates your inability to complete community service. Please note, last minute trouble entering service hours is not an extraordinary circumstance.” Ample time is provided to submit your hours, and any issues can be discussed with your high school counselor prior to any annual deadlines.

Appealing Harper College Criteria

For Harper College Promise Scholars, an email will be sent to your Harper Email Account after final grades have posted. This email will include the process for filing an appeal for extraordinary circumstances.

For the Fall 2020 semester, appeals are available December 22nd through January 6th (Please note, Harper will be closed from December 24 - January 4th, so questions should be asked to promiseappeals@harpercollege.edu on December 22nd or 23rd, or January 4-6th). Final appeal decisions will be provided to the student through email no later than January 13th.

The online appeal form will become available on this website during the open appeal timeframe. You must appeal each criteria that you did not meet if you wish to try and remain a part of the Promise Program. Please review the required documentation below.

Rigor/Quality

Agree to allow the Promise Committee access to your college transcript (statement to agree to will be available in the appeal form).  Any supporting documentation (i.e. doctors note, out of state travel due to funeral, etc.) may also be attached to support your appeal.

Persistence

Work with your academic advisor and create and attach a plan through your DegreeWorks describing how you will get back on track within the school year.  You will need to agree to allow the Promise Committee access to your college transcript and DegreeWorks Plan (statement to agree to will be available in the appeal form).  

Community Service

Evidence that demonstrates your inability to complete community service. Please note, last minute trouble entering service hours is not an extraordinary circumstance.” Ample time is provided to submit your hours, and any issues can be discussed with the Promise Scholarship Manager prior to any semester deadlines.


Appeal for Extraordinary Circumstances Form

  

HARPER COLLEGE STUDENTS: The appeal submission for the Fall 2020 semester has now passed. All appeals received by the deadline of January 6th are in the process of being reviewed and final appeal decisions will be emailed to the student's Harper email account by January 13th.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: The appeal submission window for the high school 2019/2020 school year is now closed. 
Appeal decisions will be mailed to the address on file with your high school no later than November 1st. All appeal decisions are final. 

 

Questions? 

promiseappeals@harpercollege.edu 

 

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