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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, full-time students. The Ventura College (VC) Promise covers the cost of the per unit Enrollment Fee, Health Fee, Student Center Fee, and Student Representative Fee for the Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, for 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
    • Complete the First Semester Course Planning Sessions (FCS) and 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 2020 and continue to be enrolled full-time (12 units or more units) at Ventura College for Spring 2021 *
  • Student must have successfully completed 12 or more units* at the end of Fall 2020 with a 2.0 Cumulative GPA to be eligible for Spring 2021.
  • Summer 2020 course fees may also be waived if a student enrolls in 12 or more units (full-time) at Ventura College

 

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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 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, for students who meet the criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria for Second Year VC Promise

  • Must have received the First Year VC Promise during 2019-2020
  • Must complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application (include VC on your application)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more at Ventura College) 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 2019 and 12 units or more units in Spring 2020 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.

Successful Completion of Courses

  • Grades of A, B, C, D, P, CR (Credit), or CRE (Credit by exam) are considered completed coursework. Grades of F, I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), W (Withdrawal), EW (Excused Withdrawal)*, MW (Military Withdrawal), NC (No Credit), NP (No Pass), and RD (Record Delayed) are not considered completed coursework. 

        *EW grades issued as a result of COVID-19 (Spring 2020), will not affect a student’s SAP standing

Course Registration Information

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

  • Open registration for Fall 2020 begins on May 6, 2020. 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