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Student Services Center
(SSC) 1st floor, next to the Financial Aid Dept. 


Tel: (818) 778-5561

Monday -Thursday 
 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday
 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Frequently Asked Questions 

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Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR LAVC'S FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE) PROGRAM? 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS? 

Q: DO STUDENTS HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE FYE PROGRAM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TUITION? 

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR STUDENT TO APPLY FOR THE FYE PROGRAM?

Q: WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE DEADLINE? 

Q: ONCE STUDENTS APPLY, ARE THEY AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED FYE STUDENTS AND RECEIVE FREE TUITION?

Q: WHAT DOES THE FYE PROGRAM COVER?

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN SUMMER 2019 OR WINTER 2020?

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

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE ASSOCIATED STUDENT ORGANIZATION (ASO) FEE? 

Q: WHAT IS GUIDING YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS (GPS)?

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

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS DO NOT RECEIVE A 2.0 GPA IN FALL? 

Q: WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

 




Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR LAVC'S FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE) PROGRAM?

A: All students who graduated from high school, regardless of graduation date, and no post-secondary experience are eligible for all of the services and benefits.

 

  •  High school graduates or students with a high school equivalent (e.g., GED) who are eligible for California resident tuition and enroll in at least 12-course units qualify for free tuition and priority registration for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. 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 (SSD) office for more details.  
     
  • Students who enroll in less than 12-course units are eligible for the FYE  services and benefits, except for FREE tuition and priority registration. Your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT California RESIDENTS ?

A: To qualify for the free tuition, under the Promise, a student must be a high school graduate (GED or equivalent), be a California resident or a non-resident eligible for in-state tuition fees under AB 540 (submit an AB 540 form to the Admissions Office), and not have completed any college credit (except for college classes taken while in high school).
 

 

Q: DO STUDENTS HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE FYE PROGRAM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TUITION THROUGH THE PROMISE?

A: Yes, students must apply to the FYE Program and complete the required elements of the LA College Promise including completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, online student orientation, and First Semester Educational Planning Session; attending a Guiding Your Path to Success event; and enrolling in at least 12 course units (or qualify for the accommodation of a reduced course load through the SSD office) in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. 

 

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE FYE PROGRAM?

A: Yes, the deadline to apply is August 16, 2019.

 

Q: ONCE STUDENTS APPLY, ARE THEY AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED FYE STUDENTS AND RECEIVE FREE TUITION?

A: No, students will need to complete the required elements of the FYE including completing a FAFSA or the CA Dream Act application, completing an online student orientation, attending a in-person First Semester Educational Planning session, attending a Guiding Your Path to Success event, and enrolling in at least 12 course units, including math or statistics and English/ESL.

 

Q: WHAT DOES THE FYE PROGRAM COVER?

A: Through the FYE Program, students receive the following services and benefits:

  • FREE Tuition (no enrollment fees) for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020* 
  • Priority Course Registration  
  • Guaranteed Mathematics or Statistics and English/ESL Courses   
  • Guiding your Path to Success (GPS) 
  • Academic Counseling
  • Math and English Tutors
  • Student Success Coaches
  • Transfer/Career Workshops  
  • Success/Study Workshops 
  • Campus Events


Only high school graduates (or GED or high school equivalent), who are eligible for California resident tuition, qualify for free tuition for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. If you enroll in less than 12 units, your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information.
 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN SUMMER 2019 OR WINTER 2020?

A: No, Promise only covers enrollment fees for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.  

 

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 Promise, eligible FYE students who meet all the requirements receive free health and student representative fees. 

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE ASSOCIATED STUDENT ORGANIZATION FEE?

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

 

Q: WHAT IS GUIDING YOUR OUR 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 FYE students must attend a GPS event to be eligible for FREE tuition, priority registration, and program services and benefits. GPS events are offered only in the summer. 

 

 

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

 

A: All FYE students must be enrolled in at least 12 course units, including math or statistics and English, on the first day of the fall and spring semesters. If FYE students are not enrolled full‐time on the first day of a semester, 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 the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information. Note: 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 DO NOT RECEIVE A 2.0 GPA IN FALL?

A: To remain eligible for the FYE benefits and FREE tuition for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and enroll in at least 12 units during both semesters or qualify for the accommodation of a reduced course load through the SSD office. LAVC's FYE Program has an appeal process for students who drop below a 2.0 GPA or 12 units and wish to remain in the FYE and receive FREE tuition. Contact Cynthia Lopez at lopezca@lavc.edu or 818-778-5561 for additional information.   

 

Q: WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FYE PROGRAM?

 A: For more information on the FYE Program, please contact Frances Chmielewska at chmielfa@lavc.edu or (818) 947-7218 or Cynthia Lopez at lopezca@lavc.edu.