PARKSIDE PROMISE PLUS FAQ
Questions about ... the program
What is the Parkside Promise Plus?
The Parkside Promise Plus students are guarenteed an additional Parkside promise grant if there is their financial aid package does not cover the cost of tuition and segregated fees.
Students who qualify for the Parkside Promise Plus have access to academic and financial advising, along with one-on-one coaching and support from successful UW-Parkside students. In addition, Promise students participate in our SSS Project Success program.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, you need to...
- Be a new freshman admitted to UW-Parkside by April 1
- Submit the FAFSA by April 1
- Have an estimated family contribution of (EFC) of 1500 or less
- Be a Wisconsin resident for tuition purposes
- Have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above at time of admission to Parkside
- Sign the Promise Pledge
- Enroll as a full-time student the fall following high school graduation
When does the program begin?
Each year, we start a new cohort of Promise students. Our Parkside Promise Plus program starts for new freshman officially kicks off in the summer right before the start of the fall semester.
We are now recruiting for our Fall 2021 Promise class. To be considered, you must be admitted and complete your FAFSA by April 1, 2021.
Questions about ... costs
How will the Promise show on my bill?
Your tuition and segregated fees will be fully covered by federal and state grants. You will not see anything that specifically says "promise."
YEARS TWO, THREE, and FOUR
If your tuition and segregation fees are not covered by federal and state grants, you will be awarded a "Parkside Promise" grant to cover the difference.
Does the program cover the cost of summer or winterim?
What if I don’t have the money for the application fee?
You may qualify for an application fee waiver. To request a waiver, complete the Application Fee Waiver form.
Does the program cover the cost of housing?
No, the Parkside Promise program does not cover housing or dining fees.
*Although these costs are not included as part of the program, you may be offered additional aid in the form of grants and loans to assist with these costs
Does the program cover the cost of books?
No, the Parkside Promise Plus does not cover the cost of books. The program is limited to tuition and segregated fees for full-time enrollment for four consecutive years (excludes summer and winterim).
*Although these costs are not included as part of the program, you may be offered additional aid in the form of grants and loans to assist with these costs.
Questions about ... eligibility
What if I can’t or don’t want to attend full time?
Students attending less than full time may still qualify for federal and state aid; however, they will not qualify for any additional funding through the Parkside Promise Plus grant if tuition and fees are not covered by federal and state programs.
What if i graduate from high school after 2021?
While you cannot enter the Parkside Promise Plus program until you meet all the eligibility requirements, including enrollment at Parkside the fall immediately following your high school graduation, fill out the Interest Form, and we will keep in touch with you.
Questions about ... FAFSA, EFC, and verification
Do I have to complete the FAFSA?
Yes. The program requires students to apply for and use federal and state grants. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 and be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States students. (NOTE: Students who do not fall into one of these categories cannot receive financial aid.)
Parkside Promise Plus support is calculated after the federal and state grants are applied, but before loans and work-study and non-tuition scholarships.
What is an EFC?
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC. We use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.
Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive.
What if I receive a scholarship?
If your scholarship must be used for tuition, it will be applied prior to any Parkside Promise grants. If it can be used for something other than tuition and fees, it will be applied after any Parkside Promise funds.
What does it mean if I’m selected for verification?
We need to review documentation that you provide to the Financial Aid Office to confirm information your provided on your FAFSA. This is typically tax information, and a form that you can download from our website.
When do I need to complete my verification to be included in the Parkside Promise Plus program?
You must turn in your documentation to the Financial Aid office by the May 1 deadline or you will not qualify for the Parkside Promise Plus program.
Questions about ... renewal
What are the renewal requirements?
- Reapply for Financial Aid each year by March 1 and remain eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
- Attend full-time for fall and spring semester for four consecutive years
- Complete 30 credits each academic year and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Complete your annual Promise Pledge requirements
What if I need more time to finish my degree?
The Parkside Promise Plus program is for four years of consecutive full-time enrollment. Additional funding is not guaranteed, however, we will review your aid package for any additional funding options.
What do I need to do to continue in the program?
In addition to maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA and eligibility for a federal Pell grant, Parkside Promise Plus students must also complete the activities outlined in their annual Parkside Promise Plus pledge. For new students, this includes attending new student orientation and participating in the Promise First-Year academic program.
How will I know that I am still Pell Grant eligible?
When you complete the FAFSA by March 1, you will receive a confirmation page, which indicates if you qualify for the Federal Pell grant.
To remain in the Parkside Promise Plus program, you must remain Pell eligible. Generally, an EFC of 5000 or less indicates Pell eligibility, so even if your financial situation changes, you will likely still qualify for the program. If you do not maintain Pell eligibility, our team of Financial Aid Counselors will be happy to discuss options to keep school affordable.