Hillcat Promise logoRogers State University has made the Hillcat Promise to all incoming freshmen who are participating in OKPromise.

If you are participating in OKPromise, RSU will supplement the amount you receive through OKPromise and other sources of financial aid to ensure that you will receive the funding necessary for tuition, mandatory fees and up to $1,000 annually to help pay for other expenses, such as books and housing. The Hillcat Promise supplements the amount of funding an incoming freshman receives under OKPromise and other financial aid sources.

Note: The amount of financial assistance you receive under the Hillcat Promise will be determined by the amount of OKPromise assistance, other federal and state financial aid sources, including Pell Grants, and other scholarships for which you qualify.


To qualify for the Hillcat Promise, students must:

  1. Apply for admission to the university by April 15 and be regularly admitted as an incoming freshman for the fall semester.
  2. Have a composite ACT score of 19 or above.
  3. Be eligible to receive OKPromise funding.
  4. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Hillcat Promise Application. Note: The Hillcat Promise application cannot be accepted after April 15.
  5. Enroll in at least 12 credit hours during the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

To continue to receive financial assistance under the Hillcat Promise for the next four years, students must:

  1. Maintain satisfactory academic progress by completing at least 24 credit hours per year (full-time status with at least 12 hours per semester) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  2. Continue to remain eligible for OKPromise funding and apply for federal financial aid each year by the required deadline.
Cost Estimates & Examples
Current Estimated Cost:
30 Hours of Tuition: $3,645
30 Hours of Mandatory Fees: $2,364
Book or Housing Allowance: $1,000
Total: $7,009
Student #1
Est. Cost of Tuition/Fees/$1,000 Book: $7,009
OKPromise Amount: $3,645
Hillcat Promise: $3,364
Total Amount of Gift Aid: $7,009
Student #2
Est. Cost of Tuition/Fees/$1,000 Book: $7,009
OKPromise Amount: $3,645
Pell Grant Amount: $800
RSU Academic Scholarship: $200
Hillcat Promise: $2,364
Total Amount of Gift Aid: $7,009

All amounts are hypothetical and will depend upon the student’s eligibility.


OKPromise is a unique program established by the Oklahoma Legislature to help students in the eighth, ninth and tenth grades pay for college if their family’s annual income is less than $50,000. Students participating in OKPromise must take certain high school classes to help them prepare for college, keep up their grades and stay out of trouble.