What is the First-Year Promise?
College of the Canyons, as part of a national and state-wide initiative, is launching an exciting new opportunity to enable local high school students to attend their first year of college completely free.
The program includes all enrollment fees, student fees, parking permits and bus passes, plus they will receive vouchers for supplies, instructional materials and computer lab printing.
In addition, to save money on the purchase of high-priced textbooks, students will also be able select courses that will take advantage of Open Educational Resources.
How will students be selected to benefit from COC’s First-Year Promise?
Candidates must be first-time, full-time college students enrolled for the one-year program. They must maintain good academic standing.
First-Year Promise students must complete several steps including submission of an application, attend orientations, complete a Federal Student Aid Application, participate in new student advisement, file an educational plan and attend the summer bridge workshop.
Value of First Year Promise
First-Year Promise at College of the Canyons, will not only reduce the financial challenges faced by our college students and their families, it will reinforce our commitment to offer a quality affordable and accessible higher educational experience that will also build a strong foundation for life–long learning
How will First-Year Promise be funded? – YOU Can Help! – Dollar for Dollar Match.
The first 26 months of the program is funded through a $750,000 grant from the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office. (COC was one of 14 community colleges out of 41 who applied for this grant.)
Thereafter, for the following 24 months, the College of the Canyons Foundation has agreed to raise $250,000 per year for 2 years. Therefore, the COC Foundation is organizing a dedicated campaign to raise funds for the First-Year Promise. We can only do so with your help!
The keystone of this fundraising initiative will be through a matching gift campaign, where every contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, by the COC Foundation so your donation will have double the impact for COC Students!
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