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Promise Program

Attend CLC full-time and graduate debt-free

CLC’s Promise Program provides Lake County high school seniors an opportunity to earn a debt-free associate’s degree. Eligible students receive a scholarship, earn extra money to help with college expenses, gain professional skills and create a plan to graduate in two years. It’s our promise to you and an investment in Lake County’s future.

Students participating in the Promise Program receive:

  • Free college: receive a scholarship that pays your tuition and fees.*
  • Extra money: earn an additional $300 per semester to help with expenses.
  • Individual support: stay on track with help from your own academic coach.
  • Academic plan: create a career or transfer plan with an advisor/student development counselor so you graduate in two years.
  • Professional development: participate in career and leadership activities to build your skills.

New for Fall 2019: Promise Program High Demand Careers

*Scholarship covers the difference between CLC tuition and fees and the student’s federal and state grant aid.

Who qualifies?

Who qualifies?

  • On-time graduates in spring/summer 2019 from CLC district high schools, including home-schooled students. Early graduation in December 2018 also qualifies students for the program.*
  • 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 6,000 or less.
  • Students who can begin classes in Fall Semester 2019.

*Students graduating early in December 2018 may begin the Promise Program in Spring Semester 2019. May/June 2019 graduates may defer enrollment in the Promise Program for one semester.

**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. For more information about Jump Start, contact College Readiness at (847) 543-2410.

What is covered?

What is covered?

Tuition and fees 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 specific Promise Program requirements 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.
  • Student success, leadership and career development workshops and classes.
  • Assigned staff and faculty to help you along the way, including a professional mentor.
  • A stipend to help you with additional college costs at CLC (stipend eligibility based on meeting program requirements).

How do I participate?

How do I participate?

Don't wait, participate today!

  1. Meet with your high school counselor or call CLC at (847) 543-2090 for personal assistance.
  2. Apply for admission to CLC.
  3. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Social Security number is required). Complete your FAFSA starting in October 2018.
  4. Go to the CLC online scholarship application, sign in using your CLC username and password, and search for "Promise Program." Complete the brief application form.
  5. Attend new student orientation.


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. Up to 60 credits will be covered by Promise.
  • Take a recommended 15 credits minimum per semester and complete 30 credits after one year (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.
  • Participate in all required Promise Program activities, workshops and seminars.

Program requirements are subject to change.


Student Participation in the Program

Promise Program students will:

  • Attend monthly meetings with an assigned academic success coach.
  • Meet with an assigned academic advisor before registration begins.
  • Attend required workshops, classes and activities planned for each semester.

Students who complete all of the required activities each semester will be eligible for a $300 stipend each semester. The stipend is awarded as a CLC gift card that can be used in LancerZone, Lancer Book Stop and Cafe Willow.

An academic success coach will help each student keep track of participation and is available to answer any questions.

View eligible Promise Program seminars, workshops and activities.

*Eligible activities and requirements are subject to change.


Call (847) 543-2090 for personal assistance.