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 in early June after high school graduation. The email from Harper College includes information on the process for filing an appeal in the event of extraordinary circumstances. The appeal process opens up on June 1st and must be submitted by June 15th. 
Notification of your appeal submission will be emailed no later than July 1st.

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 (The Wednesday after finals week). This email will include the process for filing an appeal for extraordinary circumstances.

For the Fall 2019 semester, appeals are available December 18-January 2. Please note, Harper is closed between December 20 and January 1. If you have questions, please ask prior to closing or early on January 2nd. Final appeal decisions will be provided to the student through email by January 8th.

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

Obtain and attach a copy of your semester transcript that shows GPA calculation (unofficial transcripts from myHarper portal 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 academic advisor and create and attach a plan through your DegreeWorks 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 the Promise Scholarship Manager prior to any semester deadlines.


Appeal for Extraordinary Circumstances Form


The deadline to submit an Appeal for Extraordinary Circumstances has passed. Notification of appeal decisions will be sent no later than January 8th.

Incomplete or late forms will not be accepted. Failure to follow these procedures will result in your appeal not being considered.