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First-Year Promise 2018

First-Year Promise gives students an opportunity to attend College of the Canyons FREE for their first year. The program, which pays all enrollment and student fees, is exclusively for first-time, full-time enrolled freshmen.​

What are the benefits of First-Year Promise?
• Enrollment and student fees paid by First-Year Promise
 $100 bookstore voucher
 Free parking permit or reimbursement for a Santa Clarita monthly bus pass
 Unlimited printing services in the ASG computer room
 Career and major guidance
 Weekly contact in the fall semester with a College of the Canyons counselor
 Priority enrollment for courses in education plan for fall 2018 and spring 2019
 ​Student support resources to promote success tailored to each student

Is the summer boot camp required?
Yes. You must attend one of the three summer boot camps listed at right.

I cannot attend a summer boot camp. What should I do?
It is a requirement of the program to attend one of the three weeks. If you cannot attend, you cannot be part of the FYP program. 

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 $12,000 or less. 

My EFC was above $12,000. Does that mean I should not apply?
No, you should still apply. If we do not have enough students with an EFC less than $12,000, we will start taking those with an EFC of $12,000 or more. 

What classes should I register for in fall 2018? 
We will work with students during the Summer Boot Camp to determine classes to take in the fall and spring terms. Students will be required to take FYE 100, Counseling 150, math and English during their first year. Other courses will include General Education, major coursework and electives, all based on your major.  

When will I be notified if I am accepted?
We will notify students of acceptance starting on May 21, 2018. An email will be sent to the email address entered on your First-Year Promise application.



Student must:

• Be a California resident or AB 540-eligible student.

 Graduate high school in the 2017/18 academic year. 

 Complete the College of the Canyons application.

 Complete the College of the Canyons online orientation.

 Complete College of the Canyons assessment testing.

 Complete 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 $12,000 or less.

 Complete all required steps by midnight Friday, May 11, 2018.

 Attend one of the following summer boot camps:

June 18 to 21, 2018
8 a.m. to noon

June 25 to 28, 2018
1 to 5 p.m.

July 9 to 12, 2018
8 a.m. to noon

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

The application deadline is midnight Friday, May 11, 2018.

The application is now closed.


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

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