MATC Promise Results


MATC Promise for High School

The MATC Promise for New High School Grads was the first Promise program in Wisconsin. Highlights from 2021 include:

  • 1,100+ qualified New High School Grads students served since 2016-17;
  • 170+ students have completed an MATC certificate, technical diploma or associate degree; and
  • 100+ have transferred on for further education.
  • MATC Promise for New High School Grads students maintain a graduation rate that is double that of the college’s overall graduation rate.
  • In October, MATC announced an expansion of MATC Promise eligibility to serve students who earn non-traditional high school credentials at MATC including General Educational Development (GED), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) and/or Adult High School diploma.

MATC Promise for Adults

The MATC Promise for Adults offers free tuition to eligible adults ages 24 and older who started but never completed a degree.

  • 1,200 qualified Adult Promise students served in five semesters; and
  • 200+ students have completed an MATC certificate, technical diploma or associate degree.
  • During Fiscal Year 2021, Adult Promise students were retained at MATC at a rate of 80%, which far exceeds the 56% retention rate for part-time students.
  • In all, nearly 400 students have completed an associate degree, technical diploma or certificate.
  • In 2021, MATC also started a new Back to School Fund as a first-come, first-served scholarship to support costs beyond tuition, such as books and equipment. Promise students also have access to the Dreamkeepers Emergency Grant Fund to support financial emergencies for up to $500.

More information

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Contact Laura Bray, Executive Director at 414-297-6048 or


Mailing Address:
MATC Foundation, Inc.
700 West State Street, S214
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (414) 297-7687