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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a collection of the most common questions about the Pontiac Promise Zone with our answer. If you have a question not listed, please email us so we can post your question and the answer. We're sure there are more questions waiting to be asked!

No, you do not have to live in Pontiac to receive the scholarship. The Pontiac Promise Zone services the Pontiac School District. The applicant would need to live within the boundaries of the Pontiac School District which also includes outlined addresses in Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Rochester, Lake Angelus and White Lake.
No, you would need to graduate from one of the ten eligible secondary schools with the District’s boundaries.
No, all funds for tuition and fees are disbursed directly to the educational institution. Any refunds for overpayment are sent back to the Pontiac Promise Zone.
Initially the Pontiac Promise Zone scholarship paid for tuition and fees only. However, with the passing of Senate Bill 312 in February 2014, the scholarship can assist in books and learning materials. The scholarship cannot be applied towards room and board.
The student will need to purchase the books first and then provide the Pontiac Promise Zone with proof of purchase. The student will then be directly reimbursed by the Pontiac Promise Zone. *Please note, if you received the maximum scholarship amount of $1,500 for your semester, you will not be eligible for aid in books and learning materials.
You will not be eligible for the scholarship but if you decide to attend school in Michigan later on, you can reapply when you do. You have up to five years from your graduation date to apply for the Pontiac Promise Zone scholarship.
Yes, you have to submit a continuation application after your first year and send in the required documentation.
The scholarship can be applied up to three years or once the student reaches 65 credit hours (the equivalent to an Associate Degree), whichever comes first.

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