The Moraine Park Technical College Promise Program offering five consecutive semesters of free college tuition to low-income students is now accepting applications from eligible high school seniors until Jan. 15.

The Promise Program is open to more than 25 area high schools and home school residents and aims to give students who are struggling with financial limitations an opportunity to start their career debt-free.

On average, more than a quarter of the total high school student population within Moraine Park’s district is eligible for free and reduced lunch. Research also shows that more than 30 percent of these lower-income populations don’t pursue college education because they feel they won’t succeed or they don’t know how to navigate the system.

Applicants must graduate on time from an accredited or home high school, reside within the Moraine Park Technical College district, earn a cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.5 or higher, earn a minimum composite score of 16 on the ACT and have a 90 percent attendance rate during their senior year of high school.

To qualify for Promise funding, students must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form by Jan. 15. The application is available Oct. 1, and Moraine Park will host a FAFSA filing workshop from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Beaver Dam campus, 700 Gould St. The College will also host its Discover Moraine Park career showcase event from 4-6 p.m.

The offset of student tuition provided through the Promise Program will be funded with scholarship dollars raised through the Moraine Park Foundation. For more information, a full list of eligibility requirements, or to apply, visit morainepark.edu/promise.