Ventura College Promise


FIRST YEAR FREE AT VC

Ventura College has one of the longest running Promise programs in California. The program aims to reduce obstacles for incoming first-year, first-time students. The Ventura College (VC) Promise pairs the California College Promise (AB 19) with private dollars raised in Ventura County by the Ventura College Foundation and covers the cost of the per unit Enrollment Fee, Health Fee, Student Center Fee, and Student Representative Fee for Ventura College courses, waiving these fees for first-year, first-time students who meet certain eligibility requirements.


Must be a first-year, full-time student
Must complete a FAFSA or
California Dream Act Application
Must be a California resident or AB 540 student

Eligibility Criteria for First Year VC Promise

  • Must Apply to attend Ventura College
  • Must be a first-year, first-time student (AP scores and classes taken in high school do not affect this status)
  • Must complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application (include VC on your app)
  • Must be a California resident or AB 540 student. Residency is determined by Admissions and Records
  • Must complete New Student Requirements:
    • Complete Orientation online through the MyVCCCD student portal on the My Success tab
    • Complete Assessment: Submit official high school transcripts and/or complete Multiple Measure form by visiting the Assessment Office, (805) 289-6402
    • Schedule a Group Counseling session to develop a first-semester Education Plan - call the Counseling Office at (805) 289-6448
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) at Ventura College beginning Fall 2019 and continue to be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) at Ventura College for Spring 2020 *
  • Summer 2019 course fees may also be waived if a student enrolls in 12 or more units (full-time) at Ventura College


* Students who are unable to enroll full-time may still be eligible for Enrollment Fee assistance through the VC Foundation and/or the Financial Aid Office. More details to follow.

Must complete New Student Requirements


Second Year VC Promise 

Second Year Promise will  pay your enrollment fees (including the per-unit fee, health, student center, and student representative fees) for the Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, for students who meet the criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria for Second Year VC Promise

  • Must have received the First Year VC Promise during 2018-2019
  • Must complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application (include VC on your app)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) beginning Fall 2019 *
  • Must be a California resident or AB 540 student. Residency is determined by Admissions and Records
  • Must have successfully completed 12  or more units in Fall 2018 and 12 units or more units in Spring 2019 with a 2.00 cumulative grade point average
  • A Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP) is highly recommended as legislation may require this item. Contact the Counseling Office at (805) 289-6448 to schedule an appointment.

* Students who are unable to enroll full-time may still be eligible for Enrollment Fee assistance through the VC Foundation and/or the Financial Aid Office. More details to follow.

Course Registration Information

https://www.vcccd.edu/students/map-your-future

  • Open registration for Spring 2020 begins November 21, 2019. Log in to the MyVCCCD student portal for your registration date.

Award Notifications

  • VC Promise awards will be posted on your MyVCCCD student portal approximately 7-10 days after all the above eligibility criteria are met
  • Monitor your MyVCCCD portal weekly for updates on your status. Click the "Financial Aid" tab and then the "Financial Aid Awards" link to view the awards
  • You will also receive an award notification email in your MyVCCCD account

Fees, Payments & Drops

​Please visit Map Your Future for additional information. 

***Criteria Subject to Change Without Notice***

For more information, contact the

VC Financial Aid Office at (805) 289-6369