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College Students - Frequently Asked Questions

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Photo of a female student.What are the grade point average (GPA) and other requirements to keep my award in college?

The amount Oklahoma's Promise is paying is different than what my college says I owe for tuition. Why?

Where is my money?

I’m getting married. Will I still be able to receive Oklahoma’s Promise?

I am not doing well in a couple of my courses this semester, and I need to drop them. This will put me below full-time status. Am I going to lose the Oklahoma's Promise scholarship? Do I have to reimburse Oklahoma's Promise for the tuition of the dropped class(es)?

I had a really rough semester, and my grades are not so great. What if my federal financial aid is suspended? Will I also lose my Oklahoma's Promise award?

I attended Oklahoma College “A” in the fall and am transferring to Oklahoma College “B” in the spring. Will Oklahoma's Promise transfer, and if so, what do I need to do?

I’m planning to attend college out of state for a year and then return to Oklahoma. Can I still get Oklahoma's Promise?

I started college in the fall after I graduated from high school and attended for a year. However, I did not attend the second year after high school. Now I want to go back again. Can I still use Oklahoma's Promise?

I would like to attend school during the summer and/or intersession term. Will Oklahoma's Promise help pay for my tuition?

I have completed my bachelor’s degree, and I would like to go on to graduate school. Will Oklahoma's Promise be available to help pay for my graduate school tuition?

I have NOT completed my bachelor’s degree, and I would like to take some graduate-level classes. Will Oklahoma's Promise be available to help pay for my tuition?


What are the grade point average (GPA) and other requirements to keep my award in college?
Once in college, Oklahoma's Promise students must meet the following requirements to maintain their eligibility for the award:

The amount Oklahoma's Promise is paying is different than what my college says I owe for tuition. Why?
Oklahoma's Promise pays full tuition at public institutions and a portion of tuition at private institutions. If you are attending a public college or university and the amount shown on your bill is higher than the Oklahoma's Promise tuition rate, most likely the institution has combined tuition and fees on your bill. Oklahoma's Promise does not cover the fees. To be sure, it is best to speak with your financial aid or bursar’s office. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Where is my money?
The Oklahoma's Promise award is paid to the institution on behalf of the student. In order for the institution to get an accurate amount for your Oklahoma's Promise award, they must know the final number of hours you are enrolled in for the semester. They will bill the Oklahoma's Promise office sometime after the first drop/add period, which is usually about two weeks after the semester begins. Before they can determine your award, they must know that you are an Oklahoma's Promise student; if you have not told them, they may not know. If your award is not showing up on your account, please check with the appropriate office on campus (probably financial aid or the bursar) to make sure they know you are an Oklahoma's Promise student. Depending on the policy of the institution, the Oklahoma's Promise may be applied as a credit to your account or you may be required to pay the amount up front and be reimbursed when the Oklahoma's Promise payment arrives. Check with your school to determine what their policies are. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I’m getting married. Will I still be able to receive Oklahoma’s Promise?
Marriage will not affect your eligibility for Oklahoma's Promise. However, the Oklahoma's Promise office would appreciate information about any name or address changes so that we have your most current information on file. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Photo of a male student.I am not doing well in a couple of my courses this semester, and I need to drop them. This will put me below full-time status. Am I going to lose the Oklahoma's Promise scholarship? Do I have to reimburse Oklahoma's Promise for the tuition of the dropped class(es)?
Oklahoma's Promise encourages students to enroll full-time in order to graduate on time. However, it is not required. You can still receive your Oklahoma's Promise scholarship if you are enrolled part-time (but your five-year period of scholarship eligibility will not be extended). You must be very careful about dropping any courses because this may cause you not to meet your institution's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. If you fail to meet the SAP standards, you can lose your eligibility for the Oklahoma's Promise award. You will not be required to reimburse Oklahoma's Promise for the dropped classes. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I had a really rough semester, and my grades are not so great. What if my federal financial aid is suspended? Will I also lose my Oklahoma's Promise award?
Yes. Beginning in 2012-13, if you lose your eligibility for federal financial aid, you will also lose your eligibility for the Oklahoma’s Promise award.  Oklahoma’s Promise students in college must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements set by the college to be eligible to receive federal financial aid. This requirement applies to all Oklahoma’s Promise students in 2012-13 and thereafter, regardless of whether they are currently receiving federal financial aid and the year they started college. The SAP requirements include minimum GPA standards and minimum standards for completing courses in which the student enrolls. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I attended Oklahoma College “A” in the fall and am transferring to Oklahoma College “B” in the spring. Will Oklahoma's Promise transfer, and if so, what do I need to do?
You should contact the financial aid office at the institution to which you are transferring (in the scenario above… Oklahoma College "B") and let them know you will be attending their school and that you are an Oklahoma's Promise student. Unless you are having problems, it is not necessary to contact the State Regents’ Oklahoma's Promise office in this situation. We will find out where you are attending when the college sends us a bill for your tuition. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I’m planning to attend college out of state for a year and then return to Oklahoma. Can I still get Oklahoma's Promise?
Yes. Though you cannot receive the Oklahoma's Promise award for courses taken at an out-of-state college, you can receive the award if you later return to Oklahoma for college. However, your five years of eligibility will begin with your first semester of postsecondary education whether you receive Oklahoma's Promise or not. For example, if you start at an out-of-state university the fall semester following high school graduation, your five years begins then. If you stay there for a year and come back to Oklahoma the next fall, you will have only four years left of Oklahoma's Promise eligibility, or until the completion of your bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. If all of your out-of-state credits transfer back to your Oklahoma college, you should still have time to complete your degree. When you transfer back to Oklahoma, you will need to notify the financial aid or scholarship office at the college you plan to attend that you are an Oklahoma's Promise student, and send a copy of your transcript to the Oklahoma's Promise office. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I started college in the fall after I graduated from high school and attended for a year. However, I did not attend the second year after high school. Now I want to go back again. Can I still use Oklahoma's Promise?
Yes. Although we encourage you to stay in school and complete your degree, we realize that sometimes there are unavoidable interruptions. Once you start postsecondary education (any education after high school), your five-year time clock starts ticking. The year that you do not attend will count against your five years of scholarship eligibility; however, you can use Oklahoma's Promise again until your eligibility expires. Please contact the Oklahoma's Promise office for an exact date of eligibility expiration if you are unsure. (Limited exceptions to the five-year limit can be considered only if the interruption is due to certain hardship circumstances such as illness, injury, military service or other extraordinary situations. Please contact the Oklahoma's Promise office for more details. In no circumstances may an Oklahoma's Promise student receive benefits beyond a cumulative time period of five years.) BACK TO QUESTIONS

I would like to attend school during the summer and/or intersession term. Will Oklahoma's Promise help pay for my tuition?
Yes, the Oklahoma's Promise scholarship is available for summer semesters, except for the first summer college semester immediately following your high school graduation. Since official Oklahoma's Promise eligibility is not determined until high school graduation, we are not able to process scholarships for the first summer semester. The first scholarships will be available for the fall semester. However, once you are officially verified in our system, you may use the Oklahoma's Promise scholarship in summer semesters and/or intersession terms of later years. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I have completed my bachelor’s degree, and I would like to go on to graduate school. Will Oklahoma's Promise be available to help pay for my graduate school tuition?
No, Oklahoma's Promise is only available until you receive your bachelor’s degree or for five years, whichever comes first. Oklahoma's Promise is not available for graduate school tuition if you have already completed your bachelor’s degree. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I have NOT completed my bachelor’s degree, and I would like to take some graduate-level classes. Will Oklahoma's Promise be available to help pay for my tuition?
If your university allows you to enroll in graduate-level courses prior to your completion of a baccalaureate degree, you can use Oklahoma's Promise to help pay for the tuition. However, Oklahoma's Promise will only pay at the undergraduate tuition rate; it will not pay at the graduate-level tuition rate. BACK TO QUESTIONS