Students who will be graduating from high school in June of 2014 are eligible to apply for the VC Promise Grant by logging into their portal and following the VC Promise link in the My College Quick Links box.
To be eligible to apply for the Ventura College Promise Grant, you must graduate from a Ventura County high school in the 2013-2014 school year or be under the age of 20 and receive a GED or Certificate of Completion by June 2014.
Additional requirements include:
- Complete and SUBMIT this online application
- Complete the FASFA (unless student is AB540/Dream Act)
- Complete VC Math and English assessment testing
- Complete VC orientation
- Meet with a VC Counselor to develop an educational plan
The priority deadline for applications is June 15, 2014.
For the past 2 years, the VC Foundation has admitted 100% of qualified applicants. However, the funding for this program is limited, and if we exceed the number of students that can be funded, a random selection lottery will be held the week of June 16, 2014 and nearly 1000 students will be selected for the VC Promise Grant. All students will be notified of their VC Promise status by June 20, 2014 via the @my.vcccd.edu email address.
The online Application is available via the student's online portal.
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 must:
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) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Complete a Ventura College application for admission www.venturacollege.edu
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
Campaign For College Opportunity: One of 15 "Practices With Promises" 2008
League for Innovation: Named as an "Innovation of the Year" 2009
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