Higher Education Office Holds “Oklahoma’s Promise” Enrollment Event

 Sunny Walker and Arianna Lonewolf

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes' Higher Education program held its second "Oklahoma's Promise" event on November 15, 2017. From left: Ariana Lonewolf and Sunny Walker. (Photo courtesy of Yolanda Walker)

(Originally published in the December 2017 edition of Wichita Tribal News)


A large and looming worry for both college-bound students and parents is how to pay for college. Tuition, room and board, textbooks and multiple fees certainly add up. For those living in Oklahoma, one of the options available is Oklahoma's Promise.


Started by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1992, the program-formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)-is a resource for Oklahoma resident students who are currently enrolled in Grades 8-10 and whose parents' federal adjusted gross income does not exceed $55,000 per year. Oklahoma's Promise is administered through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


The program serves as a tuition-based scholarship for Oklahoma residents who will attend an Oklahoma-based public two-year college or four-year university. The program will also pay a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private college or university or for approved programs at an Oklahoma public technology center.


According to Yolanda Walker, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes' Higher Education Director, Oklahoma's Promise "will help tremendously," she said. "With the tuition being funded by the Oklahoma Promise grant, the student will be responsible for fees, books, room and board only."


After enrolling, students are required to take a specific set of courses upon entering high school. This includes four units of English; three units of laboratory science; three units of mathematics; three units of history/citizenship skills; two years of non-English language study or two years of computer science and technology.


The Higher Education program hosted its first Oklahoma's Promise registration event last year. On November 15, 2017, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes' Higher Education program hosted a second Oklahoma Promise registration event attended by 10 people.


The Higher Education program's next registration event for Oklahoma's Promise will take place in spring 2018. For more information on Oklahoma's Promise or to register online, visit www.okhighered.org/okpromise/.