418 students met the graduation requirements! Good luck as you make your way to college.

If you haven't yet, it's important to complete these three steps to earn up to $12,000 to help pay for college:

  1. Apply To An Eligible College

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    There are 69 eligible nonprofit colleges in Wisconsin where The Degree Project scholarship can be used. This includes public and private two- and four-year colleges.

  2. Complete the FAFSA®

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    Submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is not only a requirement of The Degree Project, this federal form is also the key to obtaining federal and state aid to help you pay for college. To remain eligible for your scholarship you need to complete the FAFSA each year you attend college.

  3. Go to College

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    Attend at least half-time and start no later than September 30, 2016.


You'll find answers in The Degree Project Scholarship Guide. arrow pointing to scholarship guide

Download a PDF of the guide.

About the Degree Project

The Degree Project is a partnership between Wisconsin's largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), and a leading advocate for higher education, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates (Great Lakes). Launched in 2011, Great Lakes promised college scholarships to half of that year's freshman class, and in 2015 MPS and Great Lakes celebrated the students who met the graduation requirements of the program. Now, an independent team of researchers is evaluating whether the promise actually increased the rate that students graduated from high school and went on to college. Our goal is to learn whether promise programs are an effective tool to help increase college access and completion.

Learn more about this partnership.