Promise Details

How It Works

Under the FVTC Promise scholarships program, every eligible incoming high school student in the Fox Valley Technical College district can earn an associate degree or technical diploma at FVTC if they maintain solid grades, live in the FVTC district or graduate from a high school in the district, are eligible for federal financial aid, and provide service to their community

Through the generosity of donors to the FVTC Foundation, Inc., the FVTC Promise scholarships will pay tuition, fees, textbook costs, and required materials and supplies, after federal and state grants and scholarships have been applied. This is available to eligible students for up to six consecutive semesters (minimum 12 credits, and up to 15 credits each semester; does not include summer semester).

How to get started
  1. Select an FVTC career program. Not sure what program is right for you? We can help. Talk with your high school counselor or check out these resources.

  2. Apply for admission to Fox Valley Technical College. You can do this when an FVTC representative visits your school, online or by visiting any Fox Valley Tech location.

  3. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).

Complete all three steps and we’ll do the rest to determine your eligibility for the Promise scholarships and more than 50 other scholarships that are available for incoming high school seniors.

Important Deadlines to Remember: 

July 15: Student must apply to FVTC program and complete the FAFSA 

August 1: Student must have all admissions and financial aid checklist items completed

August 21: Promise contracts must be completed and returned

Why Fox Valley Tech?

The potential impact of the FVTC Promise is significant because of the number of high school students in our service district who live at or below the poverty level. For many of these students, the FVTC Promise can turn the dream of a college education into reality.

By 2018, 67% of jobs will require some post-secondary education.

FVTC offers over 100 associate degrees and technical diplomas in high demand and emerging industries that are vital to our community.

Fox Valley Tech grads get jobs

Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree can benefit from FVTC's partnerships with four-year colleges and universities that allow for the seamless transfer of credits.


What is the FAFSA completion deadline to be Promise eligible?
July 15

What is the submission deadline for the FAFSA verification checklist?
Aug. 1 

What will Promise pay for? 
Tuition, fees and books up to $15,000.

How long are Promise students eligible for funds?
Five years following their high school graduation, if all eligibility criteria is met each year.

Will Promise cover more than one program within the $15,000 limit? 

Will Promise cover programs shared with other colleges?
Yes, as long as the program is financial aid eligible at FVTC.

Does Promise cover supplies? 
Yes, it covers any required tools, uniforms or other supplies.

Does Promise cover assessment costs?  
Yes, the Assessment Center will not require payment at the time of testing. The expense will go on the Promise student’s account and that cost will be removed.

Can a high school student take a year off and then come to school and still be Promise eligible?
Yes. The student must begin program classes no later than one year following their high school graduation.

Can a Promise student take time off and be Promise eligible when they return? 
Yes, but no more than one year.

Will Promise pay for pre-application CNA expenses?
Yes, $80 for the background check, evalue and processing fees.

Can early high school graduates get Promise dollars in the spring?

Does Promise pay for the EMT National Registry exam, Nursing Boards, etc.? 

Are students with a delayed high school graduation date Promise eligible?  
Yes, but they may fall under the Adult Promise program instead.

Does Promise pay for summer classes?  
Yes, if the proper FAFSA is filed and the student qualifies.

Does a student have to maintain an EFC<3000 to be Promise eligible in following years?  
No. The student’s first year EFC must be <3000 and thereafter, the student’s Promise eligibility is determined based on FAFSA completion, Financial Aid eligibility (i.e. not on Financial Aid Suspension), and must meet the advisor meeting and community service requirements each semester.

Will Promise cover Study Abroad expenses?  
Promise will cover the “regular” (per credit tuition and fees), but not the “larger” activity fee (airfare, lodging, etc.).

Will Promise cover classes added after the census date? 
Yes, but if the student has received a refund, that amount will be subtracted from the Promise scholarship amount.

Will Promise cover the impacts of drops/withdrawals?  
If FVTC is required to return funds to the Federal Government, the student will be required to reimburse the college.

Are CNA, Phlebotomy, EMT and Truck Driving covered? 
Yes, these short-term, high-demand programs are covered. Admissions requirements for these programs are also covered (testing, federal medical card, drug testing, health work, CPR etc.). 

Does Promise cover the Riverside Alternative Education program? 
Yes, as long as the student is working with a high school in our district and will be receiving their credential from that high school.

Corporate Donors

Promise Partner  |  $100,000 and up

Thrivent Financial Foundation

Promise Investor  |  $50,000 - 99,999


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Plexus Logo

Promise Developer  |  $25,000 - 49,000

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