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Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program

Oklahoma’s Promise, formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), is state funded.  It allows students, from families whose annual income is $55,000 or less, to earn a scholarship to an Oklahoma public college or university or it can be used to pay for a portion of tuition at eligible private colleges in Oklahoma. The program was created in 1992 by the state legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. 

Students must apply for the program during their 8th, 9th, or 10th grade year. The deadline for students to apply is June 30th of their sophomore year.

For 10 consecutive years, Union Public Schools has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the Oklahomaundefineds Promise 2021 State 6A Champion for having 191 seniors from the class of 2021 qualify for the Oklahomaundefineds Promise Scholarship. Union is one of seven Oklahoma high schools named undefinedOklahomaundefineds Promise 2021 State Champions,undefined leading the state in the number of graduates who met the requirements to receive an Oklahomaundefineds Promise scholarship. Oklahomaundefineds Promise is a state program that provides an opportunity for students from families whose annual income is $60,000 or less to earn a tuition scholarship for college or certain programs at public career technology centers. undefinedOklahomaundefineds Promise is a transformational program, helping students achieve the dream of a college education,undefined said Chancellor Allison D. Garrett. undefinedThese seven Oklahoma high schools did an exceptional job encouraging and supporting their studentsundefined participation in this program. The State Regents and I commend them for their hard work and dedication to Oklahomaundefineds future.undefined undefinedIt is an understatement to say that we are pleased, once again and for 10 years in a row, that Union High School has been named the 6A Oklahomaundefineds Promise Champion,undefined said John Federline, executive director of Secondary Education.  undefinedWe are so thankful for the hard work of our administrators, counselors, and teachers who ensure that high numbers of students are encouraged to sign up for this incredible scholarship program.undefined Last year, there were 167 students who qualified for scholarships. In 2019, 164 seniors qualified for scholarships, 154 in 2018, 152 in 2017, 129 in 2016, 158 in 2015, 174 in 2014, 166 in 2013, and 128 in 2012. Beginning in the eighth grade, Unionundefineds academic counselors work with families and begin signing students up for eligibility in the Oklahomaundefineds Promise program. Counseling teams continue to support students throughout high school monitoring student enrollment, student grade point averages, and cheering on each student.  As Union students enter their senior year, the academic counselors collaborate with College and Career counselors to ensure that every student eligible has his or her paperwork completed and sent to the regents.  Recognized as one of the top college access scholarship programs in the nation, Oklahomaundefineds Promise was created in 1992 by the Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. The scholarship pays tuition at any Oklahoma public college or university until the student receives a bachelorundefineds degree or for up to five years, whichever comes first. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution or public career technology center. The scholarship does not cover the cost of fees, books, or room and board. To be eligible for Oklahomaundefineds Promise, students must apply during the eighth, ninth, 10th or 11th grade, and their familyundefineds annual income must not exceed $60,000 when they apply. A studentundefineds family income also must not exceed $100,000 each year the student is enrolled in college.  To receive the scholarship upon high school graduation, students must achieve a minimum 2.50 GPA in 17 core courses that prepare them for college and an overall GPA of 2.50 or better for all courses in grades nine through 12. Oklahomaundefineds Promise graduates also must attend class regularly and refrain from drug and alcohol abuse and delinquent acts.  Students completing the Oklahomaundefineds Promise program continue to be successful academically, with high school GPAs (3.47 average GPA) that exceed the state average and ACT scores that exceed those of non-Oklahomaundefineds Promise students. The college-going rate of Oklahomaundefineds Promise students exceeds the state average for high school graduates. They also have above-average full-time college enrollment, persistence and degree-completion rates. In addition, Oklahomaundefineds Promise college graduates are employed and stay in Oklahoma after college at a higher rate than non-Oklahomaundefineds Promise graduates. In order to receive the scholarship in college, students must be U.S. citizens or lawfully present in the United States by the time they begin college.  For the high school graduating class of 2021, about 6,300 students met the requirements to be eligible for the scholarship. During the current 2021-22 year, about 15,000 students are expected to receive the scholarship in college.  For more information about Oklahomaundefineds Promise or to apply online, visit www.okpromise.org. Information is also available by emailing okpromise@osrhe.edu or by calling 800-858-1840.

For 10 consecutive years, Union Public Schools has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the Oklahoma’s Promise 2021 State 6A Champion for having 191 seniors from the class of 2021 qualify for the Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship.

In 2020, there were 167 students who qualified for scholarships. In 2019, 164 seniors qualified for scholarships, 154 in 2018, 152 in 2017, 129 in 2016, 158 in 2015, 174 in 2014, 166 in 2013, and 128 in 2012.

To be eligible students must:

  • be a resident of Oklahoma,
  • make commitment to the program as an 8th, 9th or 10th grader,
  • complete the courses required for admission to any  Oklahoma college or university plus 1 unit (these courses must include 2 units of foreign language or technology, and 1 unit of fine arts),
  • graduate with a 2.5 grade point average within the previous three years,
  • have a family income of $50,000 or less, and
  • have been admitted and enrolled in an institution of higher education or postsecondary career-tech program.

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