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FAFSA on the Path to the Pontiac Promise Zone

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for Pontiac Promise Zone

Did you know that students who graduate from the Pontiac School District are eligible for up to $13,000 each year in tuition support for college, trade school, or other accredited career training programs?

For over a decade, the Pontiac Promise Zone has been awarding young scholars with tuition scholarships and reimbursements for the cost of required books and materials. Over 300 graduates from Pontiac School District schools have received this tuition support — with $225,000 awarded in 2021 alone!

Part of the application process is for students and their families to complete the (FAFSA), although their eligibility for federal aid will not impact how much funding students receive from the Pontiac Promise Zone.

Eligibility Requirements

First, student must live within the boundaries of the Pontiac School District and graduate from one of the following schools:

  • Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac (ATAP)
  • Auburn Hills Christian
  • Pontiac High School
  • Flex Academy of Pontiac
  • Baldwin Christian School
  • International Technology Academy (ITA)
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School
  • Oakland Christian
  • Pontiac Academy of Excellence (PAE)
  • Heritage Christian
  • Received a GED from the Pontiac School District

Available Scholarship

Next, the number of years they attend will determine the percentage of available scholarship funding they can receive:

  • Attending 9th – 12th grades: 100%
  • Attending 10th – 12th grades: 75%
  • Attending 11th and 12th grades: 50%
  • Attending just 12th grade: $25%

All applicants are also eligible for a $400 book reimbursement per semester, regardless of their scholarship funding.

If you have a student who meets the criteria for the Pontiac Promise Zone scholarship, make sure they don’t leave this money on the table! We’re collaborating with the Pontiac Promise Zone to hold free workshops on completing the FAFSA, so please join us. You can learn more about upcoming events by visiting, emailing, or calling 248-214-0456.