PARKSIDE PROMISE PLUS FAQ
Questions about ... the program
What is the Parkside Promise Plus?
The Parkside Promise Plus is a new program that will give more students the opportunity to attend UW-Parkside by filling the gap between financial aid and 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. The Parkside Promise Plus is designed to help more students graduate with a UW-Parkside degree, choosing from a variety of quality academic programs.
The Parkside Promise Plus is for high school seniors who graduate on time and meet both academic and family income requirements.
Does the program cover the cost of books?
No. The program is limited to tuition and segregated fees for full-time enrollment for four consecutive years (excludes summer and winterim). The Parkside Promise Plus does not cover the cost of:
- Course fees
In addition, the Promise doesn't pay for these optional items
- Parking permit, meal plan, housing costs
- Study Abroad costs
- Summer and/or Winterim tuition costs
*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 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.
When does the program begin?
Parkside Promise Plus started for freshmen for Fall 2019. We are now accepting intent forms for Fall 2020. The deadline to complete all required items is March 1, 2020.
I submitted the Intent Form, now what is going to happen?
To determine eligibility, students must be admitted to UW-Parkside and have submitted the FAFSA (financial aid form). Only recent high school graduates who are admitted to UW-Parkside the semester after high school graduation are eligible. Students eligible for the Parkside Promise Plus will be notified and invited to attend summer orientation. During this orientation, students will confirm their enrollment in the program by signing the Parkside Promise Plus Pledge.
Questions about ... eligibility
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, you need to...
- Declare your intent to be part of the Parkside Promise Plus program
- Be a new freshman admitted to UW-Parkside by March 1
- Submit the FAFSA by March 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
- Attend required Promise orientation session (included in full orientation day) and sign your Promise Pledge
- Enroll as a full-time student the fall following high school graduation
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 2020?
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 Intent 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 March 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 is designated as going towards tuition only, this will be applied prior to any Parkside Promise grants. If it does not designate as being a tuition specific award, it will be applied after any Parkside Promise funds.
What if I don't think I am eligible?
Even if you think you won’t qualify for the Parkside Promise Plus program, we recommend completing your FAFSA by March 1. If you miss the March 1 deadline, or do not qualify to be in the Parkside Promise Plus program, our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can still help you understand your financial aid award and other options.
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 March 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 forfour 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 Pledgerequirements
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 would not be guaranteed, however, students who haven’t graduated within the four years will be reviewed 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.