Attention Class of 2015, your opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of the New Haven Promise scholarship begins a month from today as the full senior application will be available online starting on Jan. 1.
“It makes sense for us to open the scholar application in conjunction with the Free Application for Financial Student Aid,” said Patricia Melton, the Executive Director of New Haven Promise. “It serves as a reminder that Promise and FAFSA go hand-in-hand to make college affordable.”
Last year, the first time that New Haven students qualified for the full Promise benefit, the average scholarship recipient heading to an in-state public institution had tuition and fees completely covered by Promise and federal aid. While the New Haven Promise application process will remain open until April 30, 2015, students are urged to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible as the federal aid is disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.
On Jan. 1, both the Promise and Passport To Promise applications will be available. Here are the requirements of the scholarships.
All students — from sixth graders through seniors — are urged to fill out the required online New Haven Promise pledge now. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. That form — which requires a parental sign-off — formally begins the student relationship with New Haven Promise and allows Promise to become a partner with the school systems in preparation for the full application and the college-going process.