Introducing the Promise Scholarship

Two years of college. Tuition earned.

The Promise Scholarship is offered to every eligible incoming public high school student in Harper's district (High School Districts 211, 214 and 220)

Students, you can earn up to two years of tuition at Harper College if you

  • maintain solid grades
  • have good attendance
  • don’t repeat classes
  • graduate on time
  • provide service to your community

Here's how it works.

Sign up through your high school by December 15 of your freshman year (9th grade).Your high school’s Student Services department has specific details about how to sign up.

You'll start the program in the second semester of your freshman year. While in high school, you need to meet the following criteria.


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Attendance

Students may only miss the following number of days:

  • Second semester of freshman year: 5
  • Sophomore year: 9
  • Junior year: 8
  • Senior year: 7

(3 tardies equal one absence)


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Rigor/Quality
Graduate college-ready.

Minimum annual grade point average  (unweighted):

  • Districts 211, 220: 4.0 scale
    2nd semester, freshman year: 2.0
    Sophomore year:  2.25
    Junior year: 2.25**
    Senior year:  2.3**
    **No semester grades of D or F.

  • Districts 214: 5.0 scale 
    2nd semester, freshman year: 3.0
    Sophomore year: 3.25
    Junior year: 3.25**
    Senior year: 3.3**
    **No semester grades of D or F.

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Persistence

  • Meet minimum credit standards at
    the end of each year.
  • Graduate on time with your class.

 


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Community Service
Number of hours per year:

  • Second semester of freshman year: 5
  • Sophomore year: 10
  • Junior year: 15
  • Senior year: 20

Community service forms and rules are available through your high school’s Student Services department.


After high school, enroll at Harper College.

All participants are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (Social Security number required).

If you meet these requirements in high school, you'll earn the first semester of Harper tuition free. You can continue to attend Harper College tuition-free, semester by semester, for up to four semesters (60 credit hours), if you meet the following criteria.


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Rigor/Quality
Minimum grade point average:

  • 1st semester: 2.2
  • 2nd semester: 2.3
  • 3rd semester: 2.5
  • 4th semester: 2.5

No grades of D or F or withdrawal.


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Persistence

  • A student must attend full-time each semester. (minimum 15 credit hours)
  • A student must attend each consecutive semester (fall/spring) until their certificate or degree is completed –– up to four semesters.
  • Summer session tuition is not included in the program.

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Community Service
Service requirements must be performed through a Harper-related program.

Number of hours per semester:

  • 1st semester: 10
  • 2nd semester: 10
  • 3rd semester: 10
  • 4th semester: 10

Ready to Sign Up?

Students, please contact your high school’s Student Services department. The sign up deadline is December 15 of your freshman year of high school.

Parents, review our FAQs.


Benefits of the Promise Program

  • Completion
    Students in a similar program in Peoria, IL graduated or transferred at a rate of 65% compared  to 31% for students who did not participate in the program.

  • Decreased Unemployment
    4.1% for people with a college credential vs. 9.4% for people with only a high school education.(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

  • Generational Impact
    Children raised in a household of a college degree holder are 75% more likely to earn a degree. This trend can close the household economic gap for years to come. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics)


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