Saturday – July 30, 2016

MATC Promise

In September 2015 Milwaukee Area Technical College introduced the MATC Promise, which provides free college education for area high school graduates who meet program eligibility requirements. The MATC Promise will help area high school students realize their dream of attending college and preparing for a career … at NO COST  to the student! The southeastern Wisconsin business community will benefit from more residents who have received the education and training necessary for so many careers that are essential for the region's economic prosperity and vitality.

 


What is the MATC Promise?

MATC will pay the tuition and fees, after federal and state financial grant aid has been applied, for eligible students for four consecutive semesters (up to 15 credits each semester; does not include Summer semester).

While enrolled at MATC, students will need to maintain full-time status (12 or more credits), and a 2.0 GPA, and participate in service learning projects and academic success and career planning workshops.

On April 25, 2016, MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin announced that the current high school juniors (members of the Class of 2017) can apply for the MATC Promise.

“The response to the MATC Promise from prospective students and their parents/guardians, our K-12 education partners, business leaders, elected officials, community members and donors has been incredibly positive,” said Martin. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have the necessary funds to support another cohort of Promise students.”

 

Who is eligible for the MATC Promise?

MATC Promise Eligibility Criteria for the Class of 2017

  • 2017 on-time high school graduate
  • Graduate from a high school in the MATC service district and/or reside in the MATC service district
  • Register for the MATC Promise and apply for admission to MATC by Friday, January 13, 2017 - APPLY HERE!
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Achieve minimum composite score of 16 on the ACT
  • Have 90% attendance rate during 2016-2017 academic year (senior year of high school)
  • Achieve minimum 2.0 GPA during 2016-2017 academic year (senior year of high school)
  • Student and academic program must meet eligibility requirements for federal and Wisconsin financial aid.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or lower (A student's EFC is an index number of how much financial aid the student is eligible to receive; it is not the amount of money a student will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid a student will receive.)
  • Enroll as a full-time student at MATC for the Fall 2017 semester

 

MATC Promise Eligibility Criteria for the Class of 2016

  • 2016 on-time high school graduate
  • Graduate from a high school in the MATC service district and/or reside in the MATC service district
  • Register for the MATC Promise and apply for admission to MATC . The application deadline was December 1, 2015.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . The FAFSA completion deadline was March 15, 2016.
  • Achieve minimum composite score of 16 on the ACT. The deadline was May 1, 2016.
  • Have 90% attendance rate during 2015-2016 academic year (senior year of high school)
  • Achieve minimum 2.0 GPA during 2015-2016 academic year (senior year of high school)
  • Student and academic program must meet eligibility requirements for federal and Wisconsin financial aid.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or lower (A student's EFC is an index number of how much financial aid the student is eligible to receive; it is not the amount of money a student will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid a student will receive.)
  • Enroll as a full-time student at MATC for the Fall 2016 semester

 

Promise Eligibility Appeal Process

Students who have not met the eligibility requirements for the MATC Promise program have the opportunity to appeal the decision.

An Appeal Form must be completed and should include specific details regarding why an appeal should be granted. Additional supporting information may be requested by the Appeal Review Committee. A decision regarding a student's appeal will be provided within 14 business days of submission. The Appeal Review Committee decision is final.

View the Promise Eligibility Appeal Form

 

Why MATC?

MATC is Wisconsin's largest majority-minority higher education institution and serves the state's largest urban population. The potential impact of the MATC Promise is significant because of the number of high school students in our service district who live at or below the poverty level. For many of these students, the MATC Promise can turn the dream of a college education into reality.

By the year 2020, more than 50% of jobs in Wisconsin will be "middle skill." Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma, but not a bachelor's degree - exactly the types of careers made possible by an MATC education.

MATC offers 165 associate degrees and technical diplomas in high demand and emerging industries that are vital to our community.

It pays to attend MATC. Six months after graduation, our associate degree graduates earn an average annual wage of $36,890; technical diploma graduates earn $31,350.

Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree can benefit from MATC's partnerships with four-year colleges and universities that allow for the seamless transfer of credits.

 

Interested in more information?

MATC Promise overview ( English) ( Spanish) ( Hmong) ( Arabic)

MATC Promise information for students ( English) ( Spanish) ( Hmong) ( Arabic)

Or email matcpromise@matc.edu or call 414-297-6668

Media coverage of the MATC Promise


The MATC Promise is made possible through the generosity of MATC Foundation donors.