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Gateway Promise FAQs

  1. What is the Gateway Promise Program?

    The Promise Program will fill the gap between financial aid received and cost of Gateway tuition and fees  (students are responsible for costs of books and course materials not covered by financial aid.)

    The Gateway Promise is targeted to high school seniors in the Gateway district who graduate on time and meet academic and family income level requirements. It is a multi-year commitment by the college to ensure that all tuition and fee costs are covered for eligible participants for three years (6 semesters.) This comprehensive program places unique requirements on students to be enrolled, and graduate from, their chosen program. Students considering participation in Promise must apply for admission to Gateway by March 1 of their senior year. Extended to May 15, 2019!

    Additionally, the Gateway Promise Program includes a required kickoff meeting, required summer success bridge component, academic planning support, job readiness and career planning workshops, international and/or service learning projects, and case management.

  2. Does the Gateway Promise cover the cost of books or living expenses?

    No, the Gateway Promise Program is limited to program tuition and fee costs (not covered by financial aid) for full-time enrollment during 3 consecutive academic years (6 semesters). Please see the Cost Estimate Brochure to learn about each program's tuition and fees. Courses must be part of the declared program curriculum. The Promise scholarship for tuition and fee coverage is a maximum of $10,500.

  3. What about financial aid?

    The Gateway Promise Program requires students to apply for and utilize federal and state grants. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 of their senior year and be a U.S. citizen, a national or a permanent resident of the United States (Note: Students who do not fall into one of these categories cannot receive Financial Aid.) Extended to May 15, 2019!

    Promise support is calculated after federal and state grants are applied, but before loans, federal work study, and non-tuition scholarships. 

  4. Who is eligible for the Gateway Promise Program?
    • On-time high school graduate (OR submit Letter of Explanation from an official high school administrator verifying your graduation status)
    • Graduate from a high school in the Gateway service district and/or reside in the Gateway service district
    • Apply for admission to Gateway by March 1 Extended to May 15, 2019
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) by March 1. Code: 005389. Not sure how to fill out this form? Call 1-800-247-7122 to set up an appointment with a Student Finance Specialist. Extended to May 15, 2019
    • Achieve minimum composite score of 16 on the ACT (OR minimum Accuplacer scores of 237 each in Reading, Writing AND Math)
    • Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA at the time of Application for Admissions (Note: Admissions Application Deadline is March 1, 2019) Extended to May 15, 2019
    • Academic program must meet eligibility requirements for federal and Wisconsin financial aid
    • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or lower
    • Enroll as a full-time student at Gateway the Fall semester following high school graduation (minimum 12 credits)
  5. What is EFC (Expected Family Contribution)?

    All college students are expected to contribute towards their education costs. How much you and your family will be expected to contribute depends on your financial situation — and is what is called your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

    Your EFC is a measure of your family's financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. The EFC is used to determine the amount of financial aid that you are eligible for.

    The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC. Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) all are considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.

    Your family will receive communication through the mail from FAFSA indicating your EFC amount.

    Your EFC is not the amount of money you or your family will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive.

  6. What do students have to do to continue in the Program?
    • Participate in the required Kickoff Meeting and required Summer Bridge Program before their first semester at Gateway
    • Develop an academic plan (guided by Gateway)
    • Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credits)
    • Maintain 2.0 program GPA
    • Attend academic success, career planning and job readiness workshops
    • Participate in an international education project, service learning project, student club, or as a student worker
    • Reapply for financial aid each year
  7. What if I don’t qualify for the Gateway Promise?

    Gateway welcomes all students to attend the college. With tuition half that of state universities and one-third that of private colleges, Gateway is a high value education option. Look into our tuition payment plans and other scholarships through the Gateway Foundation for continuing students.

  8. Does Gateway provide transportation to the required Promise events?

    Busing is provided only during the Summer Bridge Program for students who have completed the Kickoff event and registered for classes. For more information, please contact Admitted students who are awarded the Gateway Promise are responsible for securing their own transportation to other required events. We understand that transportation across county lines is a concern for many students. Transportation options available include:

Didn’t find an answer to your question? We can help. 

If you're a new student who needs to apply for the Gateway Promise or you've already applied but haven't yet been accepted, contact Student Services at 1-800-247-712 or email

Already accepted? Reach out to or contact your Promise Coordinator. Reach Sabrina Morgan (if enrolling in Fall of 2019) at or 262-939-3117, or contact Kenneth Riley  (if enrolled in 2017 and 2018) at 262-930-3065.