The Ventura College Promise

2016-17 Promise Grant application is now closed.

Please stay tuned for information about our general scholarship application that will open on November 7th, 2016.  If you have any questions please contact:

  • Susan O'Connell, Administration & Operations Coordinator @ 805-289-6461 |; OR
  • Jaimee Hanna, Programs & Events Coordinator @ 805-289-6161 |
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The Ventura College Promise is a program sponsored by the Ventura College Foundation that is designed:

  • To remove the economic barriers to education for graduating Ventura County high school seniors

  • To improve the college-going rate in Ventura County

  • To enhance the quality of the workforce in Ventura County

The "Promise" is that qualified Ventura County high school graduates  will have their enrollment fees covered during their first year of attendance at Ventura College. This same promise is extended to students who have successfully completed their GED requirements or who have completed the coursework for high school in the current year, but have not yet passed their exit exam. Expenses covered by the Ventura College Promise include the per-unit cost of classes, the Student Rep fee, the Health fee,  and the Student Center fee.

To qualify, the recent Ventura County high school graduate is required to:

  • Make a commitment to attend Ventura College for the two consecutive Fall/Spring semesters they are eligible for the Ventura College Promise, immediately following their high school graduation.

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student  Aid (FAFSA) 

  • OR Complete a Dream Act Application for AB540 students

  • Complete a Ventura College application for admission

  • Complete the Ventura College Orientation process.

  • Take the college's assessment examination in Math and English.

  • Work with a Ventura College counselor to develop an education plan and goal; and/or enroll in a counseling workshop

  • Submit a Ventura College Promise Application online by the application deadline.

We encourage students to take as many units as they wish as there is no minimum or maximum number of units that must be taken while enrolled in the Ventura College Promise.

Ventura College counselors will continue to share the details of this program with prospective students during their ongoing visits to area high schools.  Interested individuals can also contact a Ventura College counselor at (805) 289-6448 or the Ventura College Foundation Office at (805) 289-6461


The Ventura College Promise

VC Promise Videos:
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The VC Promise in the News

Winter 2007, Community College League of California The NEWS
"Ventura Promise" Breaks New Ground

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, The Ventura County Star
Colleges offering to help students with tuition costs

Sunday, Dec. 31. 2006, The Ventura County Star
Ventura College Foundation to pay first-year fees

Sábado 30 de diciembre de 2006, Mi Estrella
Una promesa de ayuda para estudiantes del Colegio de Ventura

December 2006, The Ventura County Star
Foundation expanding help for new Ventura College students

March 5, 2006, The Ventura County Star
Ventura Promise grants open door to junior college

March 2006, Student Voice
Foundation removes barriers with scholarship opportunities