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August 15, 2006 :: 2006-07 Application for State Scholarship Program Now Available Online

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Students may begin planning for college by signing up online now for a popular state scholarship program that promises free college tuition for students who meet certain academic and conduct requirements.

The Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), also known as “Oklahoma’s Promise,” is a scholarship program that allows high school students whose families’ annual income is $50,000 or less to earn free college tuition.

The scholarship is good for up to five years at any public college or university in the state. It will also cover a portion of the tuition at accredited private institutions or for select courses at public technology centers.

“This scholarship provides the opportunity to attend college to students who otherwise might not have been so fortunate,” Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chairman John Massey said. “It is our hope that even more students will sign up for this worthwhile program with the convenient method of applying online.”

More than 1,300 students have enrolled online since the new application option became available in January.

Students can access the online application through the Oklahoma’s Promise-OHLAP Web site at www.okpromise.org. To apply online, students must be at least 13 years of age and have an active e-mail address. Once the online application is submitted, the student will receive an e-mail immediately confirming that the State Regents’ office has received the application.

“By applying for the scholarship online, students and parents can have peace of mind from knowing applications are immediately received by the State Regents. Students will not have to worry anymore about applications being lost in the mail or misplaced,” said Bryce Fair, State Regents associate vice chancellor for scholarships and grants.

To earn an Oklahoma’s Promise – OHLAP scholarship, students must sign up for the program in the eighth, ninth or 10th grade. They must attend class regularly, take a 17-unit curriculum and pass those courses with at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) and achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.5. Students must also agree to stay out of serious trouble and avoid drugs and alcohol.

The Oklahoma Legislature created Oklahoma’s Promise-OHLAP in 1992 as an incentive for middle and high school students to commit to academic success and prepare for college. Since its inception, more than 65,000 students have enrolled in the program. An estimated 15,000 students will receive Oklahoma’s Promise – OHLAP scholarships this coming fall, with that number expected to increase to more than 21,000 by fall 2009.

For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise – OHLAP, visit www.okpromise.org, e-mail okpromise@osrhe.edu or call the State Regents’ Student Information Hotline toll-free at 1.800.858.1840 or 225.9239 in the Oklahoma City area.