High School Seniors - Frequently Asked Questions
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I’m graduating in May. Is there anything I need to do?
There is no paperwork for Oklahoma's Promise that you need to do right now. However, it is very important that you go over your coursework to make sure that you have met all of the requirements of the program. You may want to use the Oklahoma's Promise Curriculum Worksheet (PDF, 52k) to record your grades and make sure you have taken the right courses. After final grades are posted, the Oklahoma's Promise contact person at your school will complete the Oklahoma's Promise Certificate of Completion and mail it to our office with a copy of your final transcript. (Keep in mind that your school may have to prepare these documents for a large number of students, so this may take some time.) BACK TO QUESTIONS
Do I have to complete an application for federal financial aid (FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
Yes, all Oklahoma's Promise students graduating high school in 2012 and thereafter must complete the FAFSA. The information from the FAFSA will be used to determine whether or not your parent's federal adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds $100,000 at the time you begin college (or your income if you are officially determined to be financially independent of your parents). It's also important to remember that Oklahoma's Promise will only pay for a portion of your total college costs, and you will need additional money to help pay for your education. The FAFSA is the best place to start. Also see the question "How does the second family income check work?" BACK TO QUESTIONS
How does the second family income check work?
Oklahoma's Promise students graduating high school in 2012 and thereafter are subject to a second income check at the time they begin college. The federal adjusted gross income (AGI) of the student's parents (or the income of the student if the student is officially determined to be financially independent of their parents) may not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship. The student will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used to determine whether or not the federal adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000. This second income check will be applied only once at the time the student begins college. If the income exceeds $100,000, the student will not be eligible to receive the Oklahoma's Promise benefit at any time while in college. BACK TO QUESTIONS
When will I know if I’m eligible?
Upon receiving the final paperwork from your school, the Oklahoma's Promise office will evaluate your transcript and notify you in writing. Our goal is to notify you within two weeks of receiving the final paperwork however, due to the increasing number of graduating Oklahoma's Promise seniors each year, it may take a little longer. We will be working as fast as we can. BACK TO QUESTIONS
When will I know if there is funding available?
In 2007 the Oklahoma Legislature passed major legislation creating a dedicated funding source for Oklahoma's Promise. This unprecedented action allows Oklahoma's Promise to be funded "off the top" from the state's General Revenue Fund each year. This change ensures that the program will be fully funded each year from a stable source of revenue. You can also refer to our Oklahoma's Promise Funding Update. BACK TO QUESTIONS
How will the college or university know that I am an Oklahoma's Promise student?
Keep in mind that we do not know where you are planning to attend, so it will be up to you to let the college or university know that you are an Oklahoma's Promise student. (If you complete the Oklahoma's Promise high school requirements, you will receive more information in your award letter packet.) We will make the first list of eligible students available to the colleges and universities beginning July 1 and will update the list on a regular basis. 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 when I return?
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
The college/university that I am planning to attend is showing a dollar amount for Oklahoma's Promise on my preliminary award letter. Does this mean that I will receive the scholarship for sure?
No. Please keep in mind that this letter is only “preliminary.” The scholarship is not certain until your eligibility is confirmed by the State Regents’ office. In addition, the amount is estimated and could change depending on the final number of semester hours in which you are enrolled and the tuition in effect at the time you start college. The letter is provided as a service to help you understand your financial aid. BACK TO QUESTIONS
How much money will I receive?
The amount of your Oklahoma's Promise award depends on which college or university you will be attending and the number of semester credit hours in which you enroll. Oklahoma's Promise pays full tuition at public colleges and universities for the actual number of semester credit hours you take. It will also pay a portion of tuition at accredited private colleges and universities or for programs offered at public technology centers that qualify for credit from a public two-year college. In order for the institutions to get an accurate amount for your Oklahoma's Promise award, they must know the final number 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. However, if you have total financial aid that exceeds your total cost of attendance, then your Oklahoma's Promise award may be reduced or eliminated. BACK TO QUESTIONS
Can I use Oklahoma's Promise with other scholarships, grants and tuition waivers?
Yes. Oklahoma's Promise is considered a cash scholarship. It is always calculated based on the amount of actual tuition. If you have a tuition waiver or another scholarship that must be applied to tuition, Oklahoma's Promise can be applied elsewhere in your total cost of attendance. (Some schools call this your financial aid budget.) However, if you have total financial aid that exceeds your total cost of attendance, then your Oklahoma's Promise award may be reduced or eliminated. BACK TO QUESTIONS