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

The PCC Promise builds off of the recently passed AB 19, the California College Promise, which covers the cost for first-year students' tuition. The goal of the PCC Promise is to provide elligible in-district high school graduates an opportunity to have access to higher education, while removing the cost of college as a potential barrier.

Who is eligible for the PCC Promise?

Any student who graduates from a high school within PCC’s district and enrolls in 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 complete and submit either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act application.
  • Continuing students must have completed 30 degree applicable units.
  • Continuing students must commit to taking two additional consecutive semesters with at least 12 units per semester while at PCC.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at PCC to remain within the program.

What does the Promise cover?

The PCC Promise 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 beginning Fall 2018 (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?

The California College Promise is the result of the passing of California Assembly Bill 19. If you have questions or want additional information, email today!