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Sign Up Requirements

Canyons Promise admits new cohorts of students every fall semester. If you are looking to sign up for a mid-year admission or admission between your first and second year at COC, you would not be able to sign up for Canyons Promise.

Below details eligibility requirements and required steps to complete in order to sign up for Canyons Promise.

2023-2024 Canyons Promise sign up period: CLOSED

Our sign up period was October 7, 2022 - May 1, 2023 at 5pm

Sign ups will open up on October 7, 2022 and will close at 5pm on May 1, 2023.


  • New Canyons Promise cohorts begin every fall semester. A first-time college student is defined as a new college student who has neither attempted nor taken any college courses following their graduation from high school. Students don't need to be recent high school graduates. If students took college courses while they were still in high school, that is okay and will NOT affect their eligibility for Canyons Promise.  

    Are you a first-time college student? 

    • Yes - great, move on to our residency eligibility.
    • No - unfortunately, you will not be eligible to sign up for the program. 
    • Unsure? Contact us at and we can assist you. 
  • Students must also be a California resident or AB-540 eligible. AB-540, or Nonresident Tuition Exemption, allows a student to be waived from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets certain regulations. Please visit our AB 540 Reclassification website for more information.

    Residency status is determined based on information you provide on your enrollment application to the college.

    Are you a California Resident or AB-540 student?

If you answered "YES" to both eligibility items above, then you are able to sign up for Canyons Promise. 

How to Sign Up

Students must have all of the below items complete and on file with COC by our deadline of May 1, 2023 at 5pm. Students will be sent final program notifications in mid-May. 
Please note, the form to sign up is not provided on this page. It is sent via email as detailed below. 

Items to Complete: Deadlines, Details and Links:

College of the Canyons (COC) Application:

  • Fall 2023

October 1, 2022 – April 27, 2023

  • Students can begin applying to COC for the fall 2023 semester on October 1, 2022.
  • Application Video: How to apply
  • When creating your CCCApply account, it is recommended that you use your email address and not a cell phone number as your primary verification method. It is also encouraged for students to use their own personal email account (not their high school email or a parent email).
  • Be sure you include your social security number (SSN), if you have one, on your application. This is important for your Financial Aid documents to process.

*Students who do not complete a fall 2023 application by April 27, 2023 run the risk of not receiving our Promise Sign Up form due to application processing times. 

Promise Sign Up Form

  • Our information and link to the Promise Sign Up Form will be emailed to eligible students who complete a fall 2023 COC application.
  • Beginning October 7, 2022, the form will be emailed once a week to eligible students. Emails will go to the personal email address provided on the student’s fall 2023 COC application.

October 7, 2022 - May 1, 2023

  • Students who want to be part of Canyons Promise beginning fall 2023 MUST complete the Canyons Promise Sign Up form.
  • The sign up form will close at 5pm on May 1, 2023.
  • Once you have applied to COC as a first-time college student for fall 2023, Canyons Promise will email you information within 5 business days (excluding holidays). 
  • Email subject line: “Sign Up for Canyons Promise”. This email will have the link to our Promise Sign Up Form. Be sure to check spam/junk folders. 
    • Click on the following link for an example of this email: EMAIL EXAMPLE

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Be sure to add COC school code: 008903
  • Be sure your Social Security Number (SSN) is on file with college and accurate. This is provided on your enrollment application. Incorrect information will cause a delay or your application to not be processed.


California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for 2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Be sure to add COC school code: 008903

October 1, 2022 – April 17, 2023*

  • FAFSA 
  • California Dream Act
  • Canyons Promise is NOT the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) waiver. To learn how these are different, check out our comparison chart: Canyons Promise vs. CCPG
  • Canyons Promise is not financial need based. Completion of a FAFSA or CADAA is a state requirement of all Promise programs. If you do not complete this item, you cannot participate in Canyons Promise. 
  • FAFSA or CADAA can take time to process. Get this item completed early.

*The April 17th date listed above is a soft deadline as completing it after this date could result in the College not getting the documents by our May 1st program deadline.

Complete by March 2, 2023 to be considered for Cal Grants. 

New Student Checklist

  • Assessment: Math & English or ESL
  • Advisement
  • Orientation

October 7, 2022 – April 28, 2023

  • Once you have applied to COC and have a COC student ID number and CanyonsID, you can complete your new student steps online.
  • Visit: to complete Assessment, Advisement and Orientation

Assessment: For the most accurate assessment results, it is recommended to complete this after you have your fall 2022 high school grades.

Orientation: The orientation on the new student checklist is for all new students to complete. This requirement is separate from our Canyons Promise Orientation that students will complete should they be admitted into the program.


Again, for students to be considered for Promise, all of the above items must be on file with the college by the Promise Sign Up deadline of 05/01/2023.