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

Promise Program

What is the Promise?

The Promise Program supports 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 in spring/summer 2018 from CLC district high schools, including home-schooled students. Early graduation in December 2017 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 $3,000 or less.
  • Students who can begin classes in Fall Semester 2018.

*Students graduating early in December 2017 may begin the Promise Program in Spring Semester 2018. May/June 2018 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, 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 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.
  • Leadership and professional development activities.
  • Assigned staff to help you along the way.
  • A stipend to help you with additional college costs at CLC (stipend eligibility based on meeting program requirements).

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Don't delay, apply 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 2017.
  4. Login to the myCLC portal, click on Student Center, then 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 2018.


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.
  • 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 Promise coach
  • Meet with an assigned academic advisor before registration begins
  • Attend three Succeed workshops and/or library research seminars (see calendar below)
  • Participate in the Fall Promise seminar

To receive a stipend at the end of each semester, students must also:

  • Attend two additional Succeed workshops and/or library research seminars
  • Attend three campus activities

A Promise coach will help each student keep track of participation and is available to answer any questions. Students will also be a member of the Promise Program community in Blackboard where announcements and information will be posted.

View eligible Promise Program seminars, workshops and activities.

*Eligible activities and requirements are subject to change.


Call (847) 543-2090 for personal assistance.