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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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