For New High School Graduates

MATC Promise for New High School Graduates

Priority Deadline: DECEMBER 4, 2020

Final Deadline: JUNE 30, 2021

Ready to get started? Complete the interest form! Learn more about the program — including criteria and the application process — below.

Interest Form

By offering free tuition for eligible students, the MATC Promise for New High School Graduates is unlocking opportunity, making college a reality for students who never thought it was possible.

Class of 2021
The MATC Promise means free tuition for eligible students.

Eligible students earn up to 75 credits of free tuition — after other scholarships and grants are applied. The cost of books, program fees and equipment are not covered by the Promise program.

Get connected to an in-demand career in as little as one to two years – or start a four-year degree. Eligible students can continue on to a four-year degree through:

  • Promise completion programs at Lakeland University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bucky’s Tuition Promise
  • Guaranteed admission agreements with Marquette University, UW-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and over 30 more four-year partner colleges and universities

To participate, you must:

Meet Academic and Eligibility Requirements
Eligible students:

  • Are eligible for federal Pell grants – your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will determine this.
  • Earn a 2.0 GPA or higher – Priority deadline applicants need to meet this requirement with their junior year GPA. Final deadline applicants can meet it either with their junior year GPA or first semester senior year GPA.
  • Graduate as part of the Class of 2021 from a high school in the MATC district or live in the MATC district.

Complete These Steps by DECEMBER 4, 2020 (Priority Deadline) or JUNE 30, 2021 (Final Deadline)

  • Complete the Promise interest application
  • Apply to MATC at After the priority deadline, we will review applications as they are received. Students can defer the $30 application fee by using promo code: HS2021 (Apply as early as August 1, 2020.)
  • Complete a 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). (MATC’s federal school code is 003866 and the 2021-22 FAFSA becomes available on October 1, 2020.)
  • (Priority Deadline) Submit transcript by December 4, 2020, and final transcript by June 30, 2021.

Final Steps

  • Submit final high school transcript with graduation date by June 30, 2021
  • Enroll at MATC by selecting 12 to 15 financial aid-eligible credits in Fall 2021 (special exceptions may be provided)

To start in January 2021, you must also:

  • Graduate from high school in December 2020 and submit transcript by December 4, 2020 (final transcript must be submitted in summer)
  • Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA by December 4, 2020 in addition to the 2021-22 FAFSA

To start in Summer 2021, you must also:

  • Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA by April 2, 2021 in addition to the 2021-22 FAFSA
  • Submit transcript by April 2, 2021 (final transcript must be submitted in summer)

How Do I Stay in the Program?

  • Enroll in at least 12 credits each Fall and Spring semester
  • Earn at least a 2.0 semester GPA and complete 67% of credits attempted in the semester
  • Complete a FAFSA annually and continue to be eligible for federal Pell grants


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