Complete your Birmingham Promise application by March 1, 2021.

Keep moving ahead.

Get the money you need for college.

Start Your Scholarship Application

How to Apply for a Scholarship →

This is our promise.

We make college affordable and accessible for the future of our city — our students. Birmingham Promise not only offers college scholarships for Birmingham City Schools students, but also apprenticeship opportunities at local companies. Together, we’re breaking barriers for a better future. For all of us. And that’s a promise.

How to Apply →

Scholarship

How to Apply

1 Fill out your Birmingham Promise application.

Deadline: March 1, 2021 - Important Dates

Start Your Application

Required:

  • Confirmation of Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in a Birmingham City Schools (BCS) High School as of September 30th, 2020 and graduate from a participating high school during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Students graduating in December 2020 are Promise eligible; however, Promise funding does not begin until the fall semester following high school graduation.
  • Must meet all Birmingham Promise deadlines for commitment, financial aid, college choice, and enrollment.
  • Must start classes the fall semester after graduation. 
    • Must enroll in fall and spring during their first year and must not skip a fall or spring semester during their four-year eligibility period.
    • Students must complete an appeal form if they fail to enroll each fall and spring semester and wish to reinstate their eligibility for Birmingham Promise.
  • Must meet admissions requirements for the institution to which they are applying.

2 Complete and submit your 2021-2022 FAFSA.

Deadline: March 1, 2021 - Important Dates

Note: Deadlines for admissions and financial aid may vary by institution. Check with your college of choice.

Apply for FAFSA

Myths and Misconceptions About FAFSA

3 Submit your Student Aid Report and unofficial high school transcript to Birmingham Promise.

Deadline: March 1, 2021 - Important Dates

Required:

  • Upload your unofficial high school transcript
  • Upload a copy of your SAR to the portal

Unofficial High School Transcript

What: A record of your academic grades through high school.

How: Download your transcript by logging into your student portal. If you have any difficulties accessing your transcript online, please contact your guidance counselor to get access.

Why: We use your transcript to verify your time at Birmingham City Schools.

Student Aid Report

What: A document that provides basic eligibility information for federal student aid.

How: The SAR is automatically generated when you complete your FAFSA. You will receive instructions about how to access your SAR via email. Typically, you should be able to access your SAR within two weeks of submitting your FAFSA.

4 Complete your college admissions and financial aid requirements.

Make sure to apply to college early enough to receive your acceptance and financial aid letters by June 1st.

September - June, 2021 - Important Dates

Note: Deadlines for admissions and financial aid may vary by institution. Check with your college of choice.

Required:

  • Ensure your college is eligible.

5 Upload your college acceptance and financial aid offer letter to the Birmingham Promise portal.

June 1, 2021 - Important Dates

Required:

  • Admission Letter
  • Financial Aid Letter

Admissions Letter

What: A letter sent to you by colleges that you have been accepted by. It will provide information about what steps to take to enroll at that school. 

How: After submitting an application letter and being admitted, you will typically receive a letter in the mail and/or be notified online via a portal. Colleges will let you know when you should expect to receive an admissions letter during the application process. 

Why: This letter will serve as your final confirmation of the school where you intend to use your funds from Birmingham Promise. It will also confirm who we should begin communicating with on your behalf to ensure you are able to enroll in a timely manner. 

Financial Aid Letter

What: A letter sent to admitted students who have completed their application and financial aid processes that explains what aid you are eligible for at the school you choose (including grants, scholarships, and loans).

How: You must be admitted and complete all financial aid requirements at your school of choice. You should receive a financial aid letter in the mail and/or be notified via email or portal when you receive a financial aid package. Please note: Birmingham Promise will not be reflected on the financial aid letter. 

Why: This letter will confirm that you have completed all financial aid information at your school of choice and help us provide an estimate of the support you can expect from Birmingham Promise so you can better plan your college finances.

Birmingham Promise funds will be awarded after you have a complete financial aid file and all other public aid is awarded.

Important Dates

Add to Calendar

March 1, 2021

Submit your FAFSA and Birmingham Promise Applications

Add to Calendar

March 1, 2021

Submit your Student Aid Report and unofficial high school transcript

Add to Calendar

Sept-June 2021

Complete your college admissions and financial aid requirements

Spring 2021

Apprenticeship applications open for fall 2021

How to Apply ↑

This is your future.
What will you make of it?

Start Your Scholarship Application