Gateway Promise

I Am a Promise Student

Make your college dreams a reality with the Gateway Promise program! Through the Gateway Promise program, eligible students attend Gateway tuition-free. The Promise program helps fill the gap between financial aid and the cost of Gateway’s tuition and fees for students who meet certain eligibility requirements. Promise students also receive additional support, like one-on-one coaching and a summer bridge program, to help them meet their graduation goals.

Benefits of the Gateway Promise Program

  • The Gateway Promise helps make college affordable by filling the gap between financial aid and cost of tuition. Learn more about the program and eligibility in our FAQ.
  • Our team of Student Services experts will help you through the application process. See the checklist below for application details.
  • You’ll get off to a great start with the Promise Summer Bridge program preparing you for success at Gateway.
  • Receive one-on-one support from a Gateway Promise coordinator in addition to individualized support from our friendly Student Services and Learning Success teams – they’re here to assist you on your path to success.
Ready to apply? Get started!

Applying to Gateway is easy and only takes about 15 minutes, but there are a few things you’ll need to make the process as smooth as possible:


Non-refundable application fee

Your preferred start term

Your desired program of study

Complete your application for admission.

To be eligible for the Promise, you must submit your application for admission by March 1, 2019. Extended to May 15, 2019! Fill out your online application. Be sure to indicate in the Academic History section of your application that you are interested in the Gateway Promise! Come to a Get Ready Application Workshop for assistance in filling out your application and get an application fee waiver!

Complete your FAFSA.

Submit your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2019. Extended to May 15, 2019!

Receive eligibility notification.

Gateway will contact you to let you know if you’re eligible for the Gateway Promise program.

Attend the Promise Kick-Off.

Once you’re accepted into the Promise program, you’ll attend a required kick-off event where you’ll meet fellow Promise students and learn more about Gateway.

Attend the Summer Bridge Program.

Before you start your classes at Gateway, you’ll attend a required summer bridge program where you’ll learn about all of the services Gateway has to offer, explore Gateway’s campuses and centers and more.

Attend classes.

Start your classes and begin working toward your academic and career goals!

Download a full checklist for the admissions process.