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Q: WHO IS ELIGIBILE FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE? 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CALIFORNIA IN-STATE TUITION? 

Q: DO STUDENTS HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE? 

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR STUDENT TO APPLY FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE?

Q: WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO DON'T MEET THE DEADLINE? 

Q: ONCE STUDENTS APPLY, ARE THEY AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED A VALLEY PROMISE STUDENT?

Q: WHAT DOES THE VALLEY PROMISE COVER? 

Q: DOES PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN SUMMER 2017 (I.E., SUMMER BRIDGE)?

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN WINTER 2018 OR SUMMER 2018? 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR THE HEALTH AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FEES?

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS FEE? 

Q: WHAT IS SUMMER BRIDGE?

Q: WHAT IS THE GUIDING YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS?

Q:  WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS ARE NOT ENROLLED FULL-TIME ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS? 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS DON'T RECEIVE A 2.0 GPA IN FALL? 

Q: WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

 




Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE?

A: All students who graduated from high school in 2017 are eligible for all of the services and benefits, except for the free tuition and priority registration.

 

  •  Only 2017 graduates of LAUSD high school or charter/adult schools, who are eligible for California resident tuition, and enroll in at least 12-course units qualify for free tuition and priority registration for the 2017-2018 school year. Students with certain disabilities may qualify for the accommodation of a reduced course load (i.e., enroll in less than 12 units). Please meet with a couselor in the Services for Students with Disabilities office for more details 
     
  • Students who enroll in less than 12-course units are eligible for the Valley Promise services and benefits, except for FREE tuition and priority registration. Your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through FAFSA/BOGG. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information.
     
  • AB540 students are eligible for the Valley Promise services and benefits, except for FREE tuition.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CALIFORNIA IN‐STATE TUITION (I.E., AB540 STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED 3 YEARS OF CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL OR STUDENTS WHO HAVE MOVED FROM OTHER STATES AND ONLY COMPLETE THEIR SENIOR YEAR IN CALIFORNIA)?

A: To qualify for the free tuition, under the Valley Promise, a student must be a 2017 graduate of an LAUSD high school and eligible for in‐state resident tuition. Students who don’t meet this eligibility requirement can still participate in program components and submit a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form to the Admissions & Records office.

 

Q: DO STUDENTS HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE?

A: Yes, students will need to apply for the Valley Promise. To apply, students will provide their Student ID number to designated faculty/staff on your campus, and an application will be generated using the LACCD Student Information System.

 

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE?

A: Yes, the deadline to apply is July 15, 2017.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO DON’T MEET THE DEADLINE?

A: Students who do not apply for the Valley Promise program by the application deadline can still participate in program elements as determined by the college, but must complete an educational agreement and attend a summer activity.
 

Q: ONCE STUDENTS APPLY, ARE THEY AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED A VALLEY PROMISE STUDENT?

A: No, students will need to complete the required elements of the Valley Promise including completing FAFSA/BOGG or the CA Dream Act application, assessment, online orientation, and counseling. Students will also be asked to sign an educational agreement which details their requirements for the duration of their first year.

 

Q: WHAT DOES THE VALLEY PROMISE COVER?

A: Through the Valley Promise, students receive the following services and benefits:

  • FREE Tuition (no enrollment fees) for the 2017-2018 school year* 
  • Priority Course Registration  
  • Guaranteed Mathematics and English Courses   
  • Summer Bridge    
  • Guiding Your Path to Success (GPS) Event
  • Academic Counseling
  • Math and English Tutors
  • Student Success Coaches
  • Library Orientation
  • Transfer/Career Workshops  
  • Success/Study Workshops 
  • Connections to Associated Student Union and Clubs
  • Cultural Events


Only 2017 high school graduates of LAUSD high schools, who are eligible for California resident tuition, qualify for free tuition for the 2017-2018 school year. If you enroll in less than 12 units, your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through FAFSA/BOGG. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information.
 

Q: DOES PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN SUMMER 2017 (I.E., SUMMER BRIDGE?)

A: Yes, through the Promise, 2017 high school graduates of LAUSD schools, who enroll in at least 12 units, receive free tuition for classes taken in Summer 2017.  

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN WINTER 2018 OR SUMMER 2018?

A: Through the Promise, 2017 high school graduates of LAUSD high schools receive free tuition for classes up to 30 units in the first year: if students take less than 15 units in the Fall and/or Spring, the Valley Promise can cover their Winter and/or Summer 2018 classes.

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR BOOKS AND OTHER REQUIRED CLASS EXPENSES LIKE INSTRUCTIONAL FEES?

A: Currently, the Promise does not cover these expenses.

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE HEALTH AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FEES?

A: Yes, through the Valley Promise, 2017 high school graduates of LAUSD high schools, who enroll in at least 12 units, receive free health and student representative fees. Students who did not graduate from an LAUSD high school will have to pay their health and student representative fees.  

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS FEE?

A: No, all students (not just Promise students) will be automatically charged the Associated Students fee. Students will need to opt out if they do not want to pay the associated students fee.

 

Q: WHAT IS SUMMER BRIDGE?

A: Summer Bridge is a two-week program designed to help students accelerate their progression to college-level mathematics and English courses, reduce time to graduation or transfer by having to take fewer courses, and relearn and master important concepts to succeed in college courses. 

 

Summer Bridge is scheduled for June 19-June 30, 2017, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-3:20 PM.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE GUIDING YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS?  

A: Guiding Your Path to Success (GPS) is an interactive and fun three-day event where students learn new study skills, learn about campus support services, explore career and transfer options, meet LAVC professors and staff, and make new friends. All Valley Promise students must attend a GPS event to be eligible for program services and benefits. 
 
 
 

A: All Promise students must be enrolled full‐time as of the first day of the semester. If Promise students, who are 2017 high school graduates from LAUSD schools, are not enrolled full‐time as of the start of the term, they will not qualify for the free tuition and priority registration.  If you enroll in less than 12 units, your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through FAFSA/BOGG. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information. Students with certain disabilities may qualify for the accommodation of a reduced course load (i.e., enroll in less than 12 units). Please meet with a counselor in the Services for Students with Disabilities office for more details.

 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS DON’T RECEIVE A 2.0 GPA IN FALL?

A: To remain eligible for the Valley Promise benefits, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA.  LAVC will have an appeal process for students who drop below a 2.0 GPA in fall and wish to remain in the Valley Promise.

 

Q: WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VALLEY PROMISE?

A: For more information on the Valley Promise at LAVC, please contact Frances Chmielewska at chmielfa@lavc.edu at (818) 947-7218.