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Release No. COC-05.10.17-FirstYearPromise
May 10, 2017

Applications Due Monday for College’s First-Year Promise Program

Time is running out for high school seniors to apply for the First-Year Promise (FYP) program, which will save eligible students $1,500 in tuition and fees during their first year of study at College of the Canyons. Applications are due Monday, May 15. 

To enroll in First-Year Promise, students must be California residents (or AB540-eligible students), graduate from the William S. Hart Union High School District or neighboring school district in spring 2017, and complete the First-Year Promise application materials, which are available at

FYP is set to launch in fall 2017 with an estimated 300 qualifying students. Participating students will enroll in a one-year sequence of courses with priority registration, preceded by summer orientation to learn about majors and receive academic guidance. 

In addition to having all enrollment fees waived — a savings of $1,5000 — each FYP student will receive a $100 voucher per semester that can be applied toward other supplies and instructional materials. 

The college will also provide a free parking pass or city bus pass, in addition to free computer lab printing services. To ensure participating students remain on track, ongoing counseling and student support will also be offered. 

FYP is funded through a $750,000 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.