The time has come for New Haven public school students — from sixth graders to high school seniors — to get one step closer to a New Haven Promise Scholarship. That’s because the 2014 application center is open and ready for business. Click here to begin the quick process.
In this one stop shop, seniors can apply for both the New Haven Promise Scholarship and the Passport To Promise. Students from sixth through 11th grades can also begin the process of filling out the digital pledge form. Because of a change in the process, all students from those graduating classes from 2015 to 2020 must fill out the electronic pledge even if they’ve completed a written form before.
For the Class of 2014 — for the first time — the Promise Scholarship will cover up to 100 percent tuition at any in-state public school (or $2,500 at a private school). Even if students are fully committed to attending an out-of-state institution, they should fill out the application. The unexpected can always happen.
Both the Promise and Passport scholarships require 90 percent attendance during high school, 40 hours of community service and a positive disciplinary record. You must live in New Haven and attend a New Haven public school for a required period of time to qualify for either.
Where they differ is in GPA requirements. The Promise Scholarship requires a 3.0 GPA upon graduation.
The Passport to Promise — a competitive scholarship limited to 20 students each year — requires a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99. Passport to Promise recipients receive $1,000 their freshman year of college and assuming they perform at a 2.0 GPA or better, they’ll be automatically enrolled in the Promise Scholarship. Students with a current cumulative high school GPA between 2.3 and 3.1 are urged to apply.
Also on Sunday, January 26, there is a chance for seniors and parents to learn much more about paying for college. College Goal Sunday begins at 1:30 pm at Gateway Community College in downtown New Haven. Click here for more information, including what you need to bring to apply for federal financial aid. Our friends at College Summit have debunked the excuses for not filling out FAFSA.
It’s a new year and before 2014 is over, many of you will be settled into your first year of college. Time to make sure that the bills will be paid.