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Release No.03.28.17-FirstYearPromise
March 28, 2017

First-Year Promise Applications Now Being Accepted

College of the Canyons is now accepting applications for its First-Year Promise program, which will provide increased opportunities for new full-time college students to achieve their educational goals by waiving tuition and fees during the first year of study. The program will launch with approximately 300 students this fall.  

To be eligible, a student must be a California resident (or AB540-eligible) and a graduate of the William S. Hart Union High School District or neighboring school district this spring. 

Students accepted into the program will enroll in a one-year sequence of courses with priority registration, preceded by summer orientation to learn about majors and receive academic guidance. 

Courses will be offered with the benefits of low- or no-cost "open educational resources" textbooks and other learning community elements. To ensure students stay on track, ongoing counseling and student support will be offered. Each student will receive a $100 voucher per semester for supplies and instructional materials, a parking permit or city bus pass, and free computer lab printing services.

Students chosen to participate can save an estimated $1,500 in enrollment fees and other expenses. 

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for priority consideration. The application deadline is Monday, May 15.

First-Year Promise is funded through a $750,000 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. College of the Canyons was one of 14 colleges from a field of 51 awarded a California College Promise Innovation Grant.