The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a partner in this program established to assist students who are residents of the city of Detroit and graduate from city of Detroit high schools.

Amount of the Award

Renewable full-tuition (in-state rate) scholarships are awarded annually which cover tuition and selected fees at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Students are required to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours). The award amount will be adjusted by the amount of Federal Pell Grant eligibility: the two awards will be combined to fully cover tuition and fees.

Scholarship Renewal

Full-tuition scholarships are renewable for six semesters, three years (a total of 8 semesters received) or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress required by all financial aid recipients.


  • Resident of the city of Detroit from the 9th through the 12th grades

  • High school seniors who attend all four years and graduate from any Detroit high school:  Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority (EAA), charter, private, parochial, or home school.  A student can attend more than one city of Detroit high school and still be eligible.

  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident status and state of Michigan residency (as defined by the University of Michigan)

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher by February 1st of senior year

  • ACT composite score of 21 or higher or a combined SAT score of 1060 or higher (For Fall 2022, test scores are optional)

  • Promise scholars must also apply for federal financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form may be filed electronically at after January 1st of each year. The 2022-23 application was available on October 1, 2021.


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One Woodward Avenue, Suite 1900
Detroit, MI 48232
​Telephone: 313-596-0478


Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

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