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Canyons Promise accepting applicatio­ns

- News Release

The College of the Canyons “Canyons Promise” program is now accepting sign-up forms for the 2023-24 academic year.

The last day of the 2023-24 signup period is Monday, May 1.

“The Canyons Promise program continues to enhance the college experience for first-time students at COC,” Jasmine Ruys, assistant superinten­dent/vice president of student services at the college, said in a prepared statement. “We highly urge students to apply to the program as soon as possible in order to ensure they meet the program’s deadlines.”

To be eligible, a student must be a California resident (or Assembly Bill 540-eligible student) and a firsttime college student.

As a first step, students must submit a fall 2023 applicatio­n as a firsttime student. Upon completion, applicants will receive a link to the Canyons Promise sign-up form via email.

After signing up for Canyons Promise, students must complete all items found on the new student checklist, including the completion of a 2023-24 FAFSA or California Dream Act applicatio­n, by May 1. Late submission­s will not be considered. Students can be expected to be notified of their admission to the program after the May 1 deadline.

Students accepted into the program must attend a Canyons Promise New Student Session offered over the summer and will have requiremen­ts to meet for the fall semester.

In addition to covering the cost of tuition, the program provides students with high-touch student support and ongoing academic and career counseling to ensure they remain on their academic path.

Launched during the fall 2017 semester, the program provides increased opportunit­ies for first-time college students who plan to attend full-time. Unit requiremen­ts may be different for students receiving services through the Academic Accommodat­ions Center (formerly, Disabled Students Programs & Services).

The program helps students to achieve their educationa­l goals by paying tuition and fees during their first year of study. Students who maintain the program’s requiremen­ts may have their Promise benefits extended to their second year.

To date, the program has helped its 4,053 students save more than $3.3 million in tuition and fees. Students in the program have consistent­ly outperform­ed their COC counterpar­ts by consistent­ly completing a high number of units and earning a higher grade-point average in their first semester, and have persisted at a higher rate from semester to semester and year to year, according to a statement issued by the college.

For more informatio­n about Canyons Promise and to sign up, visit the program’s webpage, www.­vices/ enrollment­services/canyonspro­mise.

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