Frequently Asked Questions

The Southeastern Promise is a clear pathway to obtaining a four year degree. If a student adheres to the requirements of the Promise, the student will graduate in four years and enter the workforce. Equally as important, in this time of budget uncertainty, the Southeastern Promise provides the benefit to students and their families of budgeting accurately due to the fixed net tuition rate.​

What should I consider before committing to the Southeastern Promise?

The Southeastern Promise requires commitment. The 30 hour per year requirement will demand that a student spend a significant amount of time on campus, both in classes and completing assignments. A student enrolled in the Southeastern Promise will likely not have as much time for outside work and responsibilities. Students and their families should be aware of and support the time commitment needed to successfully complete the Southeastern Promise.

What are the benefits of enrolling in the Southeastern Promise?

Southeastern is committed to creating an environment to ensure student success, and the Southeastern Promise is a clear pathway to obtaining a degree within a four year plan. Equally as important, in this time of budget uncertainty, the Southeastern Promise provides the benefit to students and their families of budgeting accurately due to the fixed net tuition rate.

If a student requires developmental courses, are they eligible to enroll for the Southeastern Promise?

Students who are interested in enrolling in the Southeastern Promise and require developmental courses should enroll in the Summer 2018 semester to complete the developmental requirements. Hours earned in developmental courses are not counted in the 30 hour completion requirement per academic year.

Do all course hours have to be completed through Southeastern?

Courses taken at other universities can apply per the requirements of the Promise as long as the student enrolls at Southeastern as a beginning freshman and maintains continuous full time enrollment at Southeastern during the Fall and Spring semesters.

What fees are covered by the Southeastern Promise?

The guaranteed fixed net tuition rate includes all mandatory tuition and fees, including non-resident fees, with the exception of student self-assessed fees and other variable fees such as the utility surcharge.  It does not cover other charges associated with enrollment such as, but not limited to: course specific fees such as lab fees, program fees, and study abroad, room and board, textbooks, vehicle registration, and other voluntary fees.

Are there any exceptions to students not completing the degree program within the four year time period?

If an additional semester is necessary due to requisite courses not being offered, Southeastern will cover the applicable tuition and mandatory fees for that semester for the student to complete the degree.

Are current students eligible to enroll in the Southeastern Promise?

At this time, the Southeastern Promise is for beginning freshmen.

Are transfer students eligible to enroll in the Southeastern Promise?

Students transferring from another college or university are not eligible. A student must be classified as a beginning freshmen in order to enroll in the Southeastern Promise.

Will my dual enrollment credits, AP credits, CLEP, etc. count towards my 30 hour requirement for the Southeastern Promise?

Credits recognized by Southeastern will count towards the 30 hour degree requirement for the Southeastern Promise; however, a participant must also be enrolled full time each fall and spring semester to meet eligibility requirements.

What happens if a degree program is longer than 120 hours?

If a degree program exceeds 120 hours, the department will create an academic map that may require courses for summer semesters. A student may elect not to attend the required summer semesters. If that is the case, the Southeastern Promise will only cover the four years and the student would be subject to the current tuition rate at the time of ineligibility.

What happens if a student graduates in less than four years? Can the remaining time cover a portion of graduate school?

The Southeastern Promise is a guaranteed fixed tuition rate for undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees. The Promise does not apply to graduate tuition and fees.