The Kalamazoo Promise
The Kalamazoo Promise is a program that was announced in November 2005 and provides four years of tuition and fees at any MCA or public college in Michigan.
- The Kalamazoo Promise is for ALL students of the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS).
- You must reside within the boundaries of KPS.
- You must have at least all of the high school years (9-12) in KPS (enrollment & residency) and graduate from KPS (Central / Loy Norrix/ Phoenix).
- The Kalamazoo Promise will not end. It is set up to go on for many years to come.
- The Kalamazoo Promise is a 4 year scholarship (a bachelor degree or 130 credits, whichever occurs first).
- You have ten years from the time you graduate from high school to use your Promise and can start and stop any time.
- The Kalamazoo Promise covers tuition and mandatory fees.
- Students sign up for The Kalamazoo Promise at the beginning of their senior year. Meetings are held for all seniors each fall. There are two simple forms to fill out for The Kalamazoo Promise.
- There is an appeal process for students during their senior year, especially for hardship cases (e.g., custody, death in the family, and foster care placement).
- All students using The Kalamazoo Promise at KVCC may attend part-time.
Community Education Resources
Kalamazoo Regional Education Services
The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency provides innovative and responsive educational services to educators and learners through leadership, collaboration and support. One of their facilities, WoodsEdge Learning Center, is an innovative 117,708 square-foot special education center-based school that provides service to all nine districts within Kalamazoo County for students from ages 3 to 26. WoodsEdge Learning Center serves students with autism and severe cognitive and physical impairments. Learn more about KRESA here.
Colleges and Universities
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is a national research university enrolling nearly 24,000 students from across the United States and 100 other countries. Founded in 1903, it is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged public university that stands out among America’s more than 4,600 higher education institutions. The Carnegie Foundation classifies WMU as one of the nation’s 147 public research universities, and U.S. News & World Report has designated WMU one of the country’s best national universities for 24 consecutive years as well as placing it in the top tier of those universities annually since creating the tier five years ago. Learn more about WMU
Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally renowned, and internationally-oriented four-year college of arts and sciences. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College has developed a tradition of excellence and is among the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the nation. Since 1962, Kalamazoo College has offered a nationally-recognized curriculum that provides an undergraduate experience of rigorous liberal arts scholarship and opportunities for experiential education in both domestic and international settings. Learn more about Kalamazoo College here.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College is a two-year, comprehensive, public institution offering a broad array of programs and courses designed for immediate employment as well as transfer to four-year institutions. KVCC’s “go-to-work” programs provide skills for immediate employment in highly technological and skill-based careers, while transfer programs will give solid grounding for success in a four-year college or university. Learn more about KVCC here.