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Oklahoma's Promise

We're committed to helping academically-eligible Oklahoma's Promise recipients achieve the dream of a college education at OSU. Oklahoma students in grades 8-10 can sign up to participate in the program, administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). Once you graduate from high school, complete the curricular and conduct requirements for the program and meet the secondary income requirement, you will receive funding from Oklahoma's Promise to cover the cost of tuition at OSU.

Per Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education policy, all Oklahoma’s Promise recipients must meet OSU’s federal Title IV financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. If you're ineligible to receive federal/state financial aid as defined by OSU’s SAP policy, you won't be eligible to receive Oklahoma’s Promise or Cowboy Covenant funding. If you lose your Oklahoma's Promise eligibility due to not meeting the federal Title IV SAP standards, you will have the option to appeal for reinstatement, assuming you have not already reached the five-year, 129 hours, or undergraduate Oklahoma's Promise limit(s).

Initial Income Eligibility (determined by OSRHE):

  • Families who apply for Oklahoma's Promise prior to the 2017-2018 award year have to show a family income no greater than $50,000 to be considered.
  • Students in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade who apply starting in 2017-2018 award year will be held to the new income limit of $55,000 or less.

Second Family Income Check (determined by OSRHE based on FAFSA information):

  • All Oklahoma's Promise recipients, both new and continuing, must complete the FAFSA for any year they want to receive Oklahoma's Promise. This is a change from prior requirements that students only needed to complete a FAFSA the first year after high school graduation.
  • The second family income check at $100,000 will be applied every year in college. You will not be eligible for the award in any year that Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeds $100,000. For purposes of this income check, the Federal Adjusted Gross Income of a dependent student's parent(s) is used or the income of the student is used if the student is officially determined to be financially independent of their parents.
  • Students who don't meet the $100,000 or less AGI criteria for 2019-2020 won't receive Oklahoma's Promise for 2019-2020; however, they can receive the award for 2020-2021 if the AGI on their 2020-2021 FAFSA is $100,000 or less, they meet the federal Title IV SAP standard and haven't exhausted their five-year time limit, 129 hours cap or received their undergraduate degree.


OSU remains dedicated to a high-quality, yet affordable education. The Cowboy Covenant Program helps make that possible for Oklahoma’s Promise recipients by offering an additional $1,000 award per year for up to four academic years or 120 semester hours attempted (whichever occurs first). This $1,000 award is in addition to any other OSU scholarships for which eligible students would normally qualify.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an Oklahoma's Promise recipient;
  • Be fully admitted to OSU*;
  • Be eligible for Oklahoma's Promise payment each semester;
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) your first enrolled semester at OSU and demonstrate financial need;
  • Enroll as a full-time undergraduate each semester (fall/spring).

* Students admitted under the Alternative Admit provision are not considered to be fully admitted for purposes of Oklahoma’s Promise (OHLAP) or for Cowboy Covenant during their first semester at OSU; however, these students are eligible for a one-time, $2,500 cash award during that semester.

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