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The Dakota Promise Program provides free college tuition at Pikes Peak State College and academic support to every qualifying high school graduate in Harrison School District 2.

How it works
If you graduate from a Harrison School District 2 high school with a 2.25 GPA, you may be eligible for free tuition at Pikes Peak State College for up to two years. The Dakota Promise Program may also pay for fees, books, supplies, and transportation. The program funding support is secondary to Pell Grant Funding.

In addition to financial assistance, students may receive intensive support from professional student success coaches. 

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year, complete a FAFSA and apply for the Pell Grant. The Dakota Promise Program may pay the difference between what the Pell Grant will cover for tuition and fees. Students must also maintain a 2.0 or better GPA to remain eligible to continue the program.

Selection Criteria

  • Graduate from Harrison High School, Sierra High School, Career Readiness Academy, Aspire Online Academy, Atlas Prep High School, or James Irwin Charter School.
  • Must have attended one of the above high schools for at least a full academic year.
  • Enroll at PPSC within 16 months of graduating high school.
  • A minimum of a 2.25 cumulative (or junior + senior year) weighted GPA.
  • Completed Financial Aid application on file: FAFSA (for US citizens and eligible non-citizens) CASFA (for undocumented students).
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