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CLC's Promise Program can make college dreams come true.

Promise Program

What is the Promise?

The Promise Program is a pilot initiative to help students who thought college may be an impossible dream due to lack of finances. Eligible students will have the gap between federal and state financial aid and tuition and fees covered. You will graduate from CLC as close to debt-free as possible.

The Promise Program will help you:

  • complete a degree or certificate program in two to three years.
  • transfer to a four-year college or enter the workforce upon graduation from CLC.
  • develop leadership skills that positively impact your personal and professional communities.

Who qualifies?

Who qualifies?

  • On-time graduates from CLC district high schools, including home-schooled students. Early graduation in December 2016 also qualifies for the pilot class of Promise students.
  • Students who reside in CLC's district.
  • Students with a 2.3 high school GPA (4.0 scale).
  • Students who place into Intermediate Algebra (Math 108)* or higher and demonstrate College Reading and Writing Readiness (English 121 or higher).
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants (Social Security number required) who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less.
  • Students who can begin classes in Fall Semester 2017.

*Is there additional support for a student who has not placed into Math 108? Yes, the student may participate in the summer Jump Start Program and retest before Fall Semester to determine Promise eligibility.

What is covered?

What is covered?

Tuition and fees, each Fall and Spring continuously, until a degree or certificate in a Pell-eligible program is earned.

What is not covered?

Textbooks are not covered at this time, though students who successfully complete the Promise Program each semester are eligible for a stipend above and beyond tuition and fee awards.

What other support is provided?

  • A two-year academic plan so students will know what classes to take.
  • A career or transfer plan to be ready for the next step after CLC. Students also could have guaranteed transfer admission to a four-year university.
  • Leadership and professional development activities.
  • Assigned staff to help you along the way.
  • A stipend to help you with additional college costs at CLC.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

  1. Meet with your high school counselor or call CLC at (847) 543-2090 for personal assistance.
  2. Apply for admission to CLC by Feb. 28, 2017.
  3. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 28, 2017 (Social Security number is required).
  4. Log in to the myCLC portal and complete the "Intent to Participate in CLC's Promise Program" item in your "current tasks" list.
  5. Meet with a CLC advisor and enroll as a full-time CLC student in a Pell-eligible program for Fall Semester 2017.

Requirements

Once accepted into the program, what are the requirements?

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • Attend full-time, each Fall and Spring continuously, until a degree or certificate in a Pell-eligible program is earned.
  • Take 12 credits minimum per semester.
  • Take 60 credits maximum over three years (tuition and fees for summer classes will not be paid for by the Promise Program).
  • Continue to reside in-district.
  • Meet each semester with CLC faculty and staff to make sure you are completing courses (standards of academic progress) and financial aid requirements are met to renew Promise.
  • Complete the FAFSA each year by program deadlines and remain Pell-eligible.

Program requirements are subject to change.


Questions?

Call (847) 543-2090 for personal assistance.