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The MATC Promise for Adults

Free tuition for eligible students to finish your degree

The application window to be considered for the Promise for Adults this coming fall 2018 is now closed.

Still looking to start this fall? We can help! Financial aid and support may still be available to you through other programs.


Call 414-297-6668 or go to 


What is the MATC Promise for Adults?

  • The MATC Promise for Adults provides eligible students up to 75 credits of free tuition -- after other scholarships and grants are applied -- to complete an in-demand associate degree.
  • The Promise also provides support to help students stay on track to graduate and connect to a career.

Who is eligible?
Eligible students:

  • Are 24 years or older and live in the MATC district
  • Have an annual family income of $56,000 or less (based on federal student aid application)
  • Have earned at least six college credits but have not earned an associate or bachelor’s degree -- students must have been out of college for at least two years

Even if you don't qualify for the Promise, we'll work with you to find a path to a degree and an in-demand career.

How do I get started?

  • Complete an MATC Promise for Adults grant application by July 5, 2018
    (The application period for fall 2018 is now closed)
  • Complete an MATC application
  • Complete the federal student aid application (FAFSA) at
  • Enroll in at least six credits toward an associate degree program linked to a top 50 in-demand career

How do I stay in the program?

  • Enroll in at least six credits each fall and spring semester (summer is optional)
  • Earn at least a 2.0 semester GPA and complete 67% of credits attempted in the semester



  • Connect to an in-demand career you’ll love in as little as one to two years and increase your earning potential through our flexible, accessible programs close to you. We also offer a less expensive path to a four-year degree through more than 35 college and university transfer partners
  • Return with confidence: Associate degree graduates earn nearly 20% more each year than those with a high school diploma alone -- and more than 90% of our graduates are employed within six months.
  • Not have an outstanding debt with the college.
  • Learn in small classes led by instructors with industry experience.


MATC Promise for New High School Graduates

By offering free tuition for eligible students, the MATC Promise for New High School Graduates is making college a reality for students who never thought it was possible. Launched in September 2015, the MATC Promise was the first program of its kind in Wisconsin.


For eligible 2018 high school graduates, the MATC Promise will pay the tuition and program course fees for up to 75 credits, after federal and state financial grant aid has been applied. The cost of books is not covered by the Promise program. The deadline for 2018 high school graduates has passed and MATC will welcome the 2018 graduates -- the college's third Promise class -- in fall 2018. Class of 2019 graduates, watch for updates in this space in September 2018.


More information for: Class of 2018 graduates 


Why Do 30,000+ Students Choose MATC?

Milwaukee Area Technical College offers 200 affordable, high-quality programs preparing you for a career in as little as 1-2 years and a less expensive path to a four-year degree through more than 35 college and university transfer partners.

  • Hands-on learning led by instructors with industry experience
  • Small class sizes
  • Daytime, evening and online options
  • Accelerated course options
  • Campus life including student groups, athletics and housing opportunities
  • Child care available to students

MATC helps connect graduates to careers: More than 90 percent of MATC grads are employed within six months.

New Student Links

Financial Aid
Activate Your Account
Accuplacer Placement Tests
Complete Online Orientation
Welcome Center
Student TecHELP
New Student Welcome Sessions

Resources for Current Promise Students

Office of Student Life - This office promotes and coordinates variety of educational, recreational, social, cultural, and entertainment programs and services

myMATC - This is a centralized site for student to check email, financial aid and registration information

Community Connection - Centralized site for volunteering opportunities

Academic workshops - Attend a workshop to help with study skills, time or stress management.

Tutoring - Are you looking for a Tutor at Your Campus? 

Need help with Study Skills or Time Management?

JOBshop - Your connection to resume/cover letter assistance, job search resources and work study

INFOnline - Use this online tool to search and register for classes


For More Information:
Call 414-297-6668 or email

2018-2019 MATC Catalog is out now!

The 2018-2019 catalog is your comprehensive guide to the college.

  • General Information
  • Associate Degree/Technical Diploma/Certificate Information
  • Course Descriptions
  • School of Pre-College Education Information
  • And More!
  • View/download the Catalog (pdf)
    NOTE: The catalog is optimized for viewing onscreen in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  If you wish to print it, please note that it is 388 pages.