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Yes, you can still apply!

Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

FIRST-YEAR PROMISE PLUS allows first-time, full-time students to attend College of the Canyons TUITION-FREE for the first year.

What are the benefits of First-Year Promise Plus?
• Up to 15 units ($46 per unit) paid for fall and spring terms
 Access to coaches, mentors, counselors and tutoring
 Being part of the First-Year Promise cohort of students
 Access to college personnel dedicated to academic success

Students will be accepted​ on a first-come, first-served basis until the 500-student limit has been reached.​

I am having trouble with my FAFSA. What should I do?
Please contact the Financial Aid office in Canyons Hall (Valencia campus) or Quad 1 (Canyon Country campus). 

Phone: (661) 362-3215

What does EFC mean on the FAFSA?
EFC stands for Estimated Family Contribution, which will be presented on the last page of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application. To be eligible for First-Year Promise, you need to have an EFC of $50,000 or less. 

My EFC was above $50,000. Does that mean I should not apply?
No, you should still apply. If we do not have enough students with an EFC less than $50,000, we will start taking those with an EFC of $50,000 or more. 

What classes should I register for in fall 2018? 
You must take math and English (if required for your program of study) in the first year.

Where can I get more information? 
If you have any questions, please​ send an email to​ or call (661) 362-5891.



Data and outcomes indicate that the first cohort of First-Year Promise students performed at a higher level than first-time, full-time students overall in 2017/18.


Students must:

• Be a California resident or AB 540-eligible.​
 Complete the College of the Canyons application, online orientation, assessment testing, and new student advisement.
 Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application.
 Complete the First-Year Promise application.
 Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), from the FAFSA or California Dream Act application, of $50,000 or less.

How to apply
All steps MUST be completed:

• College of the Canyons enrollment application​

• Online orientation

• Assessment test

• New Student Advisement Workshop

More information

• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

More information

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

• First-Year Promise student application

Send an email to​ expressing your interest in the program.

Thank you.


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

If you are looking for the First-Year Promise fundraising campaign, please click here​.