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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.

2024-2025 Canyons Promise Cohort - Sign Up Period:

January 5, 2024 - May 1, 2024 at 5pm

Sign ups for our 2023-2024 Canyons Promise cohort are CLOSED. Our sign up period was October 7, 2022 - May 1, 2023. 

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


  • 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

Below lists items all students will need to complete. 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 2024

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. Also, students are encouraged to use their own personal email account (not their high school email or a parent email). 

October 1, 2023 – April 26, 2024*

  • Students can begin applying to COC for the fall 2024 semester on October 1, 2023.
  • Application Video: How to apply
  • 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 2024 application by April 26, 2024 run the risk of not receiving our Promise Sign Up form due to application processing times. 

Promise Sign Up Form - Fall 2024 Start

  • The Canyons Promise Sign Up Form is en electronic form emailed to eligible students. 
  • For our 2024-2025 cohort, Sign Ups will open on January 5, 2024. 

January 5, 2024 - May 1, 2024

  • Beginning January 5, 2024, Canyons Promise information and the link to the electronic Promise Sign Up Form will be emailed to eligible students who complete a fall 2024 COC application, as a first-time student.
  • The form will be emailed once a week to eligible first-time, fall 2024 students. Emails will go to the personal email address provided on the student’s fall 2024 COC application.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2024-2025 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 2024-2025 Academic Year

  • Be sure to add COC school code: 008903

Tentatively mid-December 2023 – April 17, 2024*

For academic year 2024-2025, the FAFSA is undergoing updates. This has pushed back the opening date. Tentatively, the 2024-2025 FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application will open in December 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.
  • 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.

*Students who do not complete their FAFSA or CADAA by April 17, 2024 run the risk of it not being on file with the College by our May 1, 2024 deadline. 

Complete by March 2, 2024 to be considered for Cal Grants. 

New Student Checklist

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

January 2, 2024 – April 29, 2024

All new students must complete the New Student Checklist. 

  • 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: If you are a current senior in high school, for the most accurate assessment results, it is recommended to complete this step after you have your fall 2023 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.