Promise Program Expands Eligibility

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Moraine Park Technical College will be expanding their 2019-20 Promise program eligibility guidelines to benefit more students at one time.

The Promise program offers the opportunity for five consecutive semesters of debt-free college tuition, as well as additional services to individuals who otherwise may not be considering college. The inaugural Promise class began in the fall of 2018 with a total of 30 students, with a goal to continue to grow the program.

“Building a program like this takes time,” Kim Schwamn student development manager at Moraine Park said. “We have learned from this first year and will be implementing some changes that will allow us to serve more students.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2019 school year. To be eligible, students must reside within the Moraine Park Technical College district, be current high school seniors, and graduate on time from an accredited or home high school. They will need to earn a cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher by the end of their junior year, a minimum composite score of 15 on the ACT, and be Pell Grant eligible.

To qualify for the program, students will apply for admissions to Moraine Park and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 15, 2019. The opportunity to benefit from the Promise program will be available to students who meet the outlined qualifications.  If the GPA or ACT requirements are not met, the College will accept a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or faculty member.

“The biggest change in our eligibility is that we are accepting letters of recommendation as substitutions,” Schwamn said. “No one knows these students better than the high school counselors and faculty.  It’s important to us that the schools know that their opinions matter to us and that we have made this change to help more of their students benefit from this wonderful program.”

Students wanting to participate in the 2019-20 Promise program are encouraged to apply now at

For questions regarding the Promise program and eligibility, please visit

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