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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 six years and counting, Union Public Schools has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the Oklahoma’s Promise 2017 State 6A Champion for having 152 seniors from the class of 2017 qualify for the Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship. In 2016, 129 seniors qualified for scholarships, 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.