Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Canyons Promise sign up period for the 2021-2022 cohort will open on January 4, 2021 and close on May 1, 2021.
  • The deadline to sign up for Canyns Promise is May 1, 2021. 

    Beginning in mid-March, as students sign up for Canyons Promise, we will begin to mail (via USPS mail) generic letters advising students we have received your sign up and what steps need to be done in order to secure your spot in our 2021-2022 cohort. Letters will be mailed to newly signed up students on a weekly basis. 

    After our sign up period has closed, we will check all students for completion of the items detailed on our sign up criteria page. This includes all new student steps: summer & fall 2021 enrollment applications, 21/22 FAFSA or CADAA, Assessment, Advisement, and Orientation. New student booklets will be mailed to those students who are accepted to Canyons Promise in mid-May

  • No. They are two different things.

    The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) is an application for a fee waiver awarded through Financial Aid. Students can apply for the CCPG through Financial Aid or get awarded the CCPG when completing their FAFSA. The CCPG waives the $46/unit enrollment fee for students.

    Canyons Promise is a comprehensive student success program with a financial component. To be part of our Canyons Promise, students must sign up for the program. Even if you do not qualify for financial aid, students can be part of Canyons Promise. Canyons Promise does work to supplement any financial aid a student receives to ensure their fall and spring semesters student enrollment bills are completely paid for.

  • The Promise Sign Up form can be accessed once you apply to COC for the Summer 2021 & Fall 2021 terms.

    Once a student submits their application to COC, roughly 24-48 business hours after, they will receive an email from COC with the subject line: College of the Canyons Admissions Acceptance. That email contains information regarding your CanyonsID activation, My Canyons, new student steps, along with Canyons Promise information. The Canyons Promise Sign Up link can be found in that email. Here is an example of that email: Email example

  • The admissions email from our college will be sent to whatever email was provided on the COC enrollment application. Please search your email for the subject line: College of the Canyons Admissions Acceptance. If you still cannot find it, please contact Admissions and Records so they can assist with your application (661-362-3281).

  • Please forward that admissions email to promise@canyons.edu so we can assist.

  • Please email promise@canyons.edu with your full name, COC Student ID, and what error was made. We can assist.

  • Our system will only accept one Sign Up form per COC Student ID. If you have already submitted your Sign Up form under the ID number, it will not allow another. We would already have it on file. If you did not submit yours yet, please email promise@canyons.edu with your full name and COC Student ID as someone else may have mistakenly submitted the incorrect ID. We will assist you.

  • Once you have submitted your Promise Sign Up form, a copy of the sign up will be emailed to the email accounts you provided on your sign up form (COC Student Email address and Personal Emaill address). The subject line is: Canyons Promise Sign Up Confirmation. This confirmation is for your records. Do not delete this confirmation as you may need to reference it at a later date. If you did not receive this confirmation copy, please email promise@canyons.edu and we can assist you.

  • Yes. Taking college courses prior to graduating high school does not hinder you from being eligible for Canyons Promise. In fact, those units may help you complete your goal faster.

  • Yes, students admitted to the program will need to complete the Summer College Skills courses, which requires a Summer 2021 application.

    The Summer College Skills courses are: NC.CGSL-001 (Resources and Strategies for College Success) & NC.CGSL-002 (Online Learning and Strategies for Success). These courses are at no cost to the student. 

  • The FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application for 2021-2022 open on October 1, 2020. We encourage students to complete their FAFSA or CA Dream Act as soon as the application period opens as the processing time can be lengthy. Once the program begins to process our Promise Sign Up’s, we will be checking students for FAFSA or CA Dream Act completion. If a student has not completed one of them, we will be reaching out to ensure you apply before the deadline.   

    Completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act is mandatory to participate in Canyons Promise. All Canyons Promise students must have a current and complete FAFSA on file with the college otherwise they cannot be part of the program.

  • Students will create their own unique schedule of classes based on their major and prior academic coursework. During the Summer College Skills courses, students will have access to a counselor for assistance with creating that academic plan. Each student’s fall semester will look different. During the first year, we require they complete Counseling 110 or Counseling 150, enroll in their math and English courses and complete NC.CGSL-003 Money Management in College and Beyond. Students will also take general education and major prep courses. 

  • If you are taking AP exams and pass the exam with a 3 or higher, then you potentially could get credit for courses here at COC. When AP scores are ready and available, students need to submit the official scores to Admissions and Records to receive course credits. All students still need to complete the math and English assessment for placement. A student’s AP exam and score may fulfill the math and/or English course requirements.

    Students should meet with Counseling once their scores are received to understand what credit they will get and ensure the classes they are taking are accurate.

  • If you are taking AP exams and pass the exam with a 3 or higher, then you potentially could get credit for courses here at COC. When AP scores are ready and available, students need to submit the official scores to Admissions and Records to receive course credits. All students still need to complete the math and English assessment for placement. A student’s AP exam and score may fulfill the math and/or English course requirements.

    Students should meet with Counseling once their scores are received to understand what credit they will get and ensure the classes they are taking are accurate.

  • Yes. If you took/are taking Counseling 110 or 150 with COC while in high school (and receive(d) a passing grade), you have already met that course requirement for Canyons Promise.

  • We want to ensure our students are successful and on the right path. To help us achieve that, we require Canyons Promise students to take a counseling class to help guide them.

    Counseling 110 is our career exploration course where students will take career assessments and dive into career exploration. This course helps direct a student to their chosen career path.

    Counseling 150 is our college success strategies course. Students will be provided with many tools and strategies to help ensure they will be successful in college. This course provides a smooth transition from high school into higher education to be successful and reach your goals.