PROMISE Scholarship Program Renewal
For a student to retain or have the PROMISE award renewed each
year, the student must:
Maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0
scale the first year and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in
Complete and earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in each
12 month period.
Remain continuously enrolled as a full time student
(scholars are not required to be full time or meet renewal during
their final two semesters of scholarship eligibility).
Scholars may use subsequent summer sessions at their own expense
to meet the requirements for renewal (see below).
Eligibility for renewal is determined by your institution at the
end of a year of scholarship utilization, based on your first-time
semester of regular enrollment.
FALL ENROLLMENT: Scholars enrolling in their first semester of
college during the fall semester will have the fall, spring, and
summer semesters to meet the renewal requirements.
SPRING ENROLLMENT: Scholars enrolling in their first semester of
college during the spring semester are considered "off track" and
will have the spring, summer and fall semesters to meet renewal
Late PROMISE Awards: Any Student receiving their first award in
the spring, due to a late application and/or FAFSA, will have the
subsequent spring, summer, and fall semesters to meet the renewal
It is important that you understand the requirements for
renewal. If you lose the scholarship, you cannot regain it at a
PROMISE Scholars are not required to reapply to the scholarship
yearly but are encouraged to file the FAFSA on a yearly basis, to
see if you qualify for any other types of financial aid.
Credits included/excluded from the cumulative GPA
Any college credits earned prior to the first semester of
enrollment are not considered when determining a student's
eligibility for renewal. This includes any dual credit coursework
taken while in high school or credits obtained during the summer
term before the first fall semester.
All college credit hours and corresponding grades beginning with
the first semester of regular enrollment (fall or spring semester
following graduation from high school) must be counted in
determining PROMISE Scholarship eligibility, regardless of whether
or not the college accepts these credits.
Credit for a course taken again during the same award year,
including the summer, to improve a grade, or for any other purpose,
will only be counted once towards meeting the hours
Scholars may use subsequent summer sessions (at their own
expense) to meet the requirements for renewal.
If a student enrolls in summer school to attain the minimum 30
credit hours required, or achieve the grade point average required,
he or she shall not receive a PROMISE scholarship award for that
summer school enrollment. Summer school courses must be completed
before the commencement of a regular semester at the PROMISE
eligible institution the student regularly attends.
Frequently Asked Questions