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What is First-Year Promise?

First-Year Promise gives qualified incoming students the opportunity to attend College of the Canyons tuition- and fee-free for their first fall and spring semesters. The program is exclusively for first-time, full-time enrolled freshmen who have applied to and been accepted into the First-Year Promise Program.​

  • Up to 15 units per term of enrollment and student fees waived for the fall and spring semesters.
  • Parking permit or city bus pass per term for fall and spring.
  • $100 bookstore gift card per term for fall and spring.
  • Priority enrollment and registration for fall and spring.
  • Enrollment into English and math courses needed for success and completion.
  • Weekly counseling contact in the fall.
  • Career exploration and guidance.
How Much Will I Save?

The First-Year Promise Program will save a student and his or her family more than $1,500 for the year.​​
  • $46/unit up to 15 units per term (savings of up to $1,380)
  • $10/year for Student Center Fee
  • $20/term for Student Health Fee
  • $15/term for Student Support Fee
  • $1/term for Student Representation Fee
  • $50/term for parking $100-plus of books by using Open Educational Resources (OER) and the bookstore gift card each term.​

​​ Eligibility

• Be a California resident or AB540-eligible student.

• Graduate from the William S. Hart Union High School District or a neighboring high school district in spring 2017.


• Enroll in Counseling 150 FYP this summer.

• Enroll in fall 2017 designated FYP courses, including English, math and counseling, and maintain at least 12 units.

• Enroll in spring 2018 and maintain at least 12 units.

• Maintain a minimum 2.25 GPA.

• Participate in all program elements, such as supplemental instruction, faculty mentoring, etc.​​​

Applications for 2017 are Closed
All of these steps MUST be completed:

​• College of the Canyons enrollment application for summer and fall 2017​

• Online orientation

• Assessment test

• New Student Advisement Workshop

Application and information​

• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


AB540-eligible students can apply via the California Dream Act application

• First-Year Promise student application

Application​ (expired)

Important: Complete all steps EARLY for best opportunity.​


Send an email to​ or call (661) 362-5891​.