Multi-million dollar grant to support "Detroit Promise"

Program provides tuition-free college
Posted at 3:56 PM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 22:17:17-04

The "Detroit Promise" is getting a new pledge of support.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Governor Rick Snyder and the Kellogg Foundation announced a $3.5 million grant for the program Monday afternoon.

This is part of a $30 million campaign led by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, which shepherds the program through a critical time of transition and development.

The funds will be dedicated to tuition-free college and support for community college students.

Half of the money will help pay for campus coaches and full time counselors who will work with freshman students.

Detroit Promise provides the opportunity for all graduates of any high school in Detroit to attend college free of tuition.

"The support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will bring Detroit Promise closer to becoming a permanent part of the city's effort to remove barriers to opportunity for young Detroiters," Duggan said.  "This grant will help transform more young lives."

Students have until June 30 to apply for the promise for the fall 2017 semester.  Applications are being accepted at