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Mayor to launch Detroit Promise registration for tuition-free community college

Students who graduate from any Detroit high school are being offered four-year scholarships covering state-funded universities and community college tuition.

Mayor Mike Duggan officially launched the “Detroit Promise” registration process at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 at Communication & Media Arts High School, 14771 Mansfield St.

More than 700 Detroit high school graduates from the class of 2016 are now attending community college or university after receiving the Detroit Promise funding, according to the mayor’s office.

The program will allow any Detroit high school student who graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and scores over 21 on ACT or 1060 on SAT, the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree tuition-free.

The Detroit Promise Zone Authority and Michigan Education Excellence Foundation oversee the program with funding through the Detroit Regional Chamber.

In 2013, the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation launched a narrower version of the plan, and in March 2016, Duggan launched the Detroit Promise Zone Authority, dedicating a portion of tax dollars generated by that entity to fund two-year scholarships.

Earlier this year, Duggan announced the creation of the Detroit Promise to guarantee the opportunity for two years of tuition-free college education at five local community colleges.

Since its launch, 2,000 Detroit students were provided with college or university access.

Kalamazoo Public Schools also shares a similar concept of offering free tuition, called the Kalamazoo Promise.

The deadline to register is Feb. 1, 2017 for universities and June 30, 2017 for community colleges.

Applications for the funding are available here.

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