Canyons Promise


Canyons Promise is dedicated to expanding student resources by removing financial obstacles and barriers to student services that often inhibit student access to higher education.  The program provides incoming first-time college students for the fall semester the opportunity to attend College of the Canyons tuition free for their first two years (fall and spring semesters only). Exclusively for first-time college students who enroll full-time, Canyons Promise provides the financial support, high-touch academic/counseling contact, and peer collaboration proven to increase student success.

The Canyons Promise Sign Up period for the 2020-2021 cohort of students is now CLOSEDInterested in Canyons Promise 2021-2022? Plan ahead!


  • Enrollment and student fees paid for fall and spring semesters for two years
  • Great access to program-specific counselors for counseling appointments
  • Priority registration for courses on their education plan for fall and spring semesters
  • Parking permit or bus pass for fall and spring semesters
  • Career and academic major guidance
  • Student support resources to promote success tailored to each student​

*Students must maintain program requirements to receive benefits/support from year one to year two.


  • First-time college student (you do not have to be a recent high school graduate)
  • Must be a California resident or AB540-eligible student
  • Complete ALL Sign Up Requirements (outlined on the right side of this page)


  • ​Maintain a full-time enrollment schedule (minimum of 12 units) for fall and spring semesters
  • Attend Summer College Skills courses during Summer 2021
    • NC.CGSL-001: Resources and Strategies for College Success
    • NC.CGSL-002: Online Learning and Strategies for Success
  • Attend a Promise Orientation 
  • Attend COC Welcome Day 
  • Enroll in the following courses during the 2021-2022 academic year: Counseling 110 or Counseling 150 (can be completed while in high school), Math and English, and NC.CGSL-003: Money Management in College & Beyond
  • Complete a Student Education Plan during year one
  • Attend specific workshops related to academic, financial, and personal/professional success


  • ​Students must complete their first academic year (ending spring) as part of Canyons Promise
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Successfully complete 27 units by the end of their first academic year
  • Remain in good standing with the college
  • Submit FAFSA or CA Dream Act for every academic year

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Current Year Promise Students

If you are a current year 1 or year 2 Canyons Promise student, please contact us in our via email,, or in Canvas.