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OKLAHOMA'S PROMISE

 

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)-

Applicants must be:

►Oklahoma resident

►8th, 9th or 10th grade students

►Students whose parents earn $50,000 or less per year

►Students who promise to meet the requirements of the program

 

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HOW IT WORKS

Discover the promise of FREE college tuition!

Oklahomans want to see deserving students succeed – students who study and work hard, but whose families find it difficult to afford college. If your child dreams of going to college and works to achieve it, then we can help make it a reality!

To make that happen, the Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students (homeschool students must be age 13, 14 or 15) that will help pay for their college education if their parents' income from taxed and untaxed sources is $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program.* This program is Oklahoma's Promise.

But college isn't easy. So to make sure students get ready for college while they're still in high school, the program requires students to take certain high school courses. They will have to pass those courses and keep up their grades. And besides staying on top of the books, students will also have to show that they're in control outside the classroom. That means staying away from trouble like gangs, drugs and alcohol. In short, the student promises to prepare academically for college and stay out of trouble, and in return, the state of Oklahoma promises to help pay the student’s college tuition.

If you don't qualify for this program, there are still other ways to pay for college, including scholarships, grants and student loans. For more information on other financial aid, see your counselor for more details, visit the Financial Aid Planning section of OKcollegestart.org, or call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's student information hotline at 800.858.1840.

*Special income provisions apply to certain adopted children and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians. Contact the Oklahoma's Promise office for more information. In addition, the federal adjusted gross income (AGI) of the student's parents (or the income of the student if the student is officially determined to be financially independent of their parents) may not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship. The second income check becomes effective for students eligible to receive the award in college for the first time in 2012-13 and thereafter.

 

1-800-858-1840

225-9152 in OKC

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

  1. The taxed and untaxed income of the student's parents may not exceed $50,000 at the time of enrollment in the eighth-, ninth- or 10th grade.1 In addition, for students eligible to receive the award in college for the first time in 2012-13 and thereafter, the federal adjusted gross income (AGI) of the student's parents (or the income of the student if the student is officially determined to be financially independent of their parents) must also not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship.
  2. Take 17 units of required high school courses to help get ready for college (see the next section for details). The Oklahoma's Promise Curriculum Worksheet (Excel, 23k)can help you record your grades and make sure you have taken the right courses. You can also get more details about what high school courses count toward the Oklahoma's Promise curriculum.
  3. Make a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in the 17 required units and a cumulative 2.5 GPA for all courses in grades nine-12.2
  4. Do your homework.
  5. Don't skip school.
  6. Don't abuse drugs or alcohol.
  7. Don't commit criminal or delinquent acts.
  8. Meet with a teacher, counselor or principal to go over your schoolwork and records.
  9. Provide information when requested.
  10. Apply for other financial aid during your senior year of high school.
  11. Take part in Oklahoma's Promise activities that will prepare you for college.
  12. For students applying for the program in 2007-08 and thereafter, the student must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully present in the United States at the time they enroll in college in order to receive the scholarship.

For more information, email okpromise@osrhe.edu, call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's student information hotline at 800.858.1840 or write Oklahoma's Promise, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, PO Box 108850, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850.

1Special income provisions apply to children adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians. See the FAQs for Application and Income.

2Homeschool students and students graduating from a high school not accredited by the Oklahoma State Board of Education or a recognized accrediting agency must also achieve a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT test taken on a national test date ("residual" ACT test scores do not qualify).