Penn GSE AHEAD

Glossary of Terms

The following tables offer descriptive information on requirements and characteristics of College Promise criteria.

Characteristic

Description

Disbursement of financial aid

Approach to awarding a scholarship

    First dollar

Provides specified amount regardless of other financial aid

    Last dollar

Fills the gap between a particular cost (e.g., tuition) and other financial aid awards. Amount determined after financial aid from other sources is considered

   

K-12 attendance

Type of K-12 attendance required to receive program benefits

   City high school

Attend any high school within a particular city's boundaries

   College service area

Attend any school in a college's service area/catchment

   County high school

Attend any high school in a particular county

   County elementary

Attend any elementary school in a particular county

   Elementary

Attend a specific elementary school

   Single high school

Attend a specific high school

   State high school

Attend any high school in a particular state

   State middle school

Attend any middle school in a particular state

   Two or more high schools

Attend one of 2 or more high schools in a given district or area

   Two or more middle schools

Attend one of 2 or more middle schools in a specified district or area

   Promise zone

Attend a school within boundaries of a state or federally designated "promise zone"

   School district

Attend a school in a specified school district

   

Residency requirement

Type of residency required to receive program benefits

    City

Reside in a particular city or town

    College service area

Reside in a college's service area/catchment area

    County

Reside in a particular county

    Neighborhood

Reside in a particular neighborhood

    Promise Zone

Reside within the boundaries of a state or federally designated "promise zone"

    School district

Reside in a particular school district

    State

Reside in a particular state 

   

Type of Award

Type of "promise" awarded to individuals who meet eligibility criteria

    Financial award / scholarship

Monetary award for college costs

    Admission guarantee

Guaranteed admission into a particular higher education institution

    College savings account

Help with setting up a college savings plan

    No loan Policy

Financial aid package that meets full financial aid without loans

    Transfer guarantee

Guaranteed transfer admission from a 2-year to 4-year higher education institution