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Galesburg Promise

Galesburg Promise



Galesburg Promise is built on the belief that education is the key to regional vitality and economic development. It was established by the City of Galesburg and offers an incentive for students to graduate from high school and an opportunity for a post-secondary education to increase the pool of college graduates who can be gainfully employed in Galesburg and the surrounding area.


Galesburg Promise will pay up to 16 credits of tuition (excludes fees) per semester, up to a maximum of 64 credits for post-secondary education that will result in a degree or certificate from Carl Sandburg College. It is a last-dollar grant, which means that the student must apply for federal and state financial aid first as well as other scholarships. All scholarships must be applied first and the Galesburg Promise will provide the remainder of the cost of tuition after other financial aid, according to an arranged percentage based on the number of years of attendance in Galesburg District #205.



  • Graduate from Galesburg District 205
  • Submit Initial Application for the scholarship the year your graduate or the following year 
  • Complete at least three full years at Galesburg District 205

Complete the following steps each academic year to Apply for the Galesburg Promise Scholarship (DUE March 15).


 1.   Complete the application for Galesburg Promise
           Information on how to apply to this scholarship will be coming soon. Students are required to apply for a                                minimum of three scholarships. 
2.    Apply for financial aid
           Go to to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for both federal                        and state financial aid. Carl Sandburg College’s code is 007265.  
                   a. Submit any additional information requested to complete your financial aid application. 
3.    Submit official transcripts
           Send to: Carl Sandburg College, Attn: Admissions, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, IL 61401.  A current                          transcript is required to be awarded Galesburg Promise.  A final transcript documenting graduation is                                      required before funds may be applied to your account. 


Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to eligible students as long as funds are available.  Students should complete their financial aid application as soon as possible to secure funding. 


Stay Eligible

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0  cumulative GPA and successfully complete 67% of your cumulative hours enrolled.  If your GPA or completion rate falls below the requirements, your award will not be applied to charges. 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours (excluding summer)
  • Reapply annually

Frequently Asked Questions


Do all students receive the same financial benefit?

No. The benefit is prorated based on the student’s length of attendance at Galesburg District #205 using the following scale:   

13 grades (K-12)…......100% 

12 grades……….………95%

11 grades………..……..90%

10 grades………..……..85% 

9 grades………..….80%

8 grades………..….75% 

7 grades………..….70%

6 grades………..….65%

5 grades…………..…….60%

4 grades……….…...…..55%

3 grades………………...50%

Fewer than 3 grades..0%


The length of attendance is the total of full grades a student completed in public school while living in the #205 School District as verified through school records. The percentage is the amount of tuition reduction that will be applied to the student’s account, up to a maximum of 16 hours each semester.


The Galesburg Promise Scholarship Application process is open from October 1st until March 15th each academic year, allowing students to apply for scholarships to be awarded the following academic year.  All completed scholarship applications must be submitted by March15th. More information about how to apply to this scholarship will be coming soon. 


What if I am not covered for a 100% attendance benefit?

You are responsible for fees, books and the percent of  tuition not covered by Galesburg Promise. To make arrangements for payment, please contact the Business Office at 309.341.5210. For example, if you have completed 9 grades, your  Galesburg Promise would cover 80% of tuition.  The student will pay any fees shown on the student statement plus 20% of the tuition charged.  Scholarships or grants awarded to the student will reduce the Galesburg Promise to allow funding to remain available for future generations. 

How long am I eligible to receive Galesburg Promise?

Your first application for the Galesburg Promise Scholarship is due by March 15th of the year you graduate from High School or the year following high school graduation. Once you are accepted as a Galesburg Promise recipient, you may apply annually for a total of three years of funding toward a degree or certificate for a maximum of 64 hours or whichever comes first.


Is a new Galesburg Promise application required every year?

Yes. Each year you must complete the Galesburg Promise application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Does the Galesburg Promise cover the cost of books and fees?

No. The Galesburg Promise is applied to tuition and the student is responsible for fees and book costs. 


Do I have to be a full-time student in order to receive Galesburg Promise?

No.  Fall and Spring semesters, minimum enrollment is 9 credit hours.  Galesburg Promise will pay for a maximum of 16 hours each semester.  The minimum enrollment requirement does not apply to Summer semester.  


What if I decide not to attend after I have signed up for classes?

If you decide not to attend after signing up for classes, you must officially drop your classes before the refund date. Refund dates vary based on the class. You can find the refund date for each course on the class schedule. If you fail to withdraw before the refund date, you may be held financially obligated for the cost of the classes.


Will Galesburg Promise cover tuition for dual credit courses?

No. Students must have graduated from Galesburg High School. Grades from high school dual credit courses are counted in your college grade point average when being reviewed for Galesburg Promise.


Will summer classes be covered by Galesburg Promise?

Yes. However, students must attend the previous spring semester in the Promise Program in order to qualify for summer session funds.


How is the funding for the scholarship administered?

Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of the Galesburg Promise application and FAFSA.


For further information concerning scholarships, contact the Foundation Office at 309.341.5349 or by e-mail.