Promise and Financial Aid

The Promise Scholarship is a Last Dollar scholarship. This means that It covers remaining tuition once Pell and other grants (as determined through completion of the FAFSA) and scholarships have been applied. 

  • The Promise Scholarship pays tuition only. 
  • The Promise Scholarship does not cover fees. All students enrolled in credit courses will be assessed fees. View a complete list of fees
  • Grants, such as Pell and MAP, are applied to a student’s tuition first, regardless of the amount awarded. If grant money remains after paying for tuition, those funds are applied toward fees. 
  • If a balance remains, students will be notified by phone of the final amount and a personalized payment due date. This will happen around the seventh week of the semester. 
  • Tuition rates and course fees may change annually.
  • The Promise Scholarship pays tuition up to a maximum of 60 credit hours. 
  • The FAFSA must be submitted by Friday, March 1.

Below are a few examples to assist in understanding the financial details of how the Promise Scholarship pays on a student account. Every student’s situation will differ depending on course registration and financial aid awards.

The examples are based on Fall 2018 tuition and fees.

 

EXAMPLE 1

Student registers for 15 credit hours and is NOT eligible for any PELL or MAP grants.

Credit Hours

In District Tuition

Registration Fee

Activity Fee

Universal Fee

Total

15

$1,946.25

$15.00

$42.00

$285

$2,288.25

 

Costs

Grants
(Applied to tuition 1st, fees 2nd)

Promise
(Tuition only)

Student Responsibility

Tuition - $1,946.25

Pell - $0

Tuition - $1,946.25

Tuition - $0

Fees - $342

MAP - $0

Fees - $0

Fees - $342

Total Charges– $2,288.25

Total paid by Grants- $0

Total paid by Promise - $1,946.25

Total Owed - $342

 

EXAMPLE 2

Student registers for 15 credit hours and is eligible for Maximum PELL ($6,095/year = $3,047.50/semester) and MAP ($3,408/year = $1,704/semester) grants.

Credit Hours

In District Tuition

Registration Fee

Activity Fee

Universal Fee

 Total

15

$1,946.25

$15.00

$42.00

$285

$2,288.25

 

Costs

Grants
(Applied to tuition 1st, fees 2nd)

Promise
(Tuition only)

Student Responsibility

Tuition - $1,946.25

Pell - $3,047.50

Tuition - $0

Tuition - $0

Fees - $342

MAP - $1,704

Fees - $0

Fees - $0

Total Charges– $2,288.25

Total paid by Grants- $4,751.50

Total paid by Promise - $0**

Total Owed-
$0


**
When the grants cover all of the tuition for the current semester, it is recommended that a student continues to meet Promise requirements as grant eligibility may change from year to year. In addition, students who complete their degree as a Promise Scholar will get special recognition at graduation.

 

EXAMPLE 3

Student registers for 15 credit hours with one online course (distance learning fee applies), and is eligible for partial PELL ($784/year = $392/semester) and partial MAP ($680/year, $340/semester) grants.

Credit Hours

In District Tuition

Registration Fee

Activity Fee

Distance Learning Fee

Universal Fee

Total

15

$1,946.25

$15.00

$42.00

$20.00

$285

$2,308.25

 

Costs

Grants
(Applied to tuition 1st, fees 2nd)

Promise
(Tuition only)

Student Responsibility

Tuition - $1,946.25

Pell - $392

Tuition - $1,214.25

Tuition - $0

Fees - $362

MAP - $340

Fees - $0

Fees - $362

Total Charges– $2,308.25

Total paid by Grants- $732

Total paid by Promise - $1,214.25

Total Owed –
$362