The PCC Promise is designed to increase college accessibility and affordability.

Students who meet eligibility requirements receive the first year of their PCC education free of tuition. The goal of the program is to provide local high school graduates an opportunity to have access to higher education, no matter their background.

Who is eligible for the Promise?

Any student who graduates from a high school within PCC’s district and enrolls the Fall Semester after graduation will qualify for the program.

  • Eligible students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent from any public or private high school within the Pasadena Area Community College District.
  • Students who enter military service immediately following high school will be eligible if they enroll at PCC the first semester after completing service.
  • Students must first apply for financial aid (FAFSA, Board of Governers Fee Waiver, and California Dream Act)
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at PCC to remain within the program.
  • Students must enroll in at least 9 units per semester while at PCC.

What does the Promise cover?

The PCC Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program, which means it meets any funding need remaining after federal and state aid programs. The program covers students’ credit fees, comparable to tuition, which are paid on every unit for which the student registers.

Funding will be provided to each individual student for one academic year (not including Winter or Summer Intersessions). Remaining fees and other costs, including books, transportation, supplies, and personal expenses, are the responsibility of the student.

How can I learn more?

If you have questions or want additional information, email promise@pasadena.edu today!