Canyons Promise

Applications for the 2019-2020 Canyons Promise program is now closed.

Canyons Promise allows first-time, full-time students to attend College of the Canyons tuition-free for the first year.​


  • Great access to program-specific counselors for counseling appointments
  • Enrollment and student fees paid for fall and spring semesters
  • Priority registration for courses in education plan for fall and spring
  • $100 bookstore voucher for fall and spring
  • Free parking permit or reimbursement for a Santa Clarita Transit monthly bus pass
  • Unlimited printing services in the ASG computer lab
  • Career and major guidance
  • Student support resources to promote success tailored to each student​


  • First-time college students (you do not have to be a recent high school graduate)
  • Must be a California resident or AB540-eligible student.
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA of $30,000 or below
  • If enrollment cap is not met at the listed EFC limit, the limit will be incrementally increased as needed. All are encouraged to apply. 
  • Must complete all required application steps​


  • Complete the College of the Canyons application (online)
  • Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application 
  • Enter College of the Canyons (Code: 008903) on FAFSA application
  • Complete Assessment and Advisement
  • Complete Online Orientation 
  • Complete the First-Year Promise application (open April 1 to 30, 2019)
  • ​All above steps must be completed by the April 30, 2019 deadline​.


​Students are required to attend the following if accepted:

Counseling Workshop

Attend one workshop from June 17 to July 8, 2019. During this session with a counselor, you will develop your first-year education plan.

 Welcome Day

First-Year Promise Welcome Day will be held Aug. 9, 2019.​


  • ​Students must participate in the summer counseling workshop. Students who do not participate will have their acceptance revoked. There are no exceptions. 
  • ​Students are required to enroll as full-time students (12 units) for fall and spring.
  • Students are required to take the following courses during the academic year:
    • Math
    • English
    • Critical Thinking
    • Counseling 110 or Counseling 150 (required in fall 2019)
    • Other courses (general education, major coursework and electives - all based on major)



Students accepted into First-Year Promise are eligible to get their second year covered as well!

Second-Year Promise will provide payment of enrollment and student fees to students who maintain eligibility throughout their first year. More information will be provided to students accepted into First-Year Promise.​


Please contact us via email, or call (661) 362-5891.

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