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LA College Promise: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LA College Promise (LACP)?

The LA College Promise is a cooperative student success initiative and enrollment benefit between the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), enacted in the 2017-2018 school year.  It provides first-time students with support services such as academic counseling and success coaching, and provides the first year of college enrollment tuition-free. At LACC, the LACP is run exclusively through the First Year Experience (FYE). All recipients of the LACP are required to participate in FYE.

How does LACP work with AB 19 "California College Promise" and FYE?

In the Summer of 2018, the LACP became the vehicle for a very similar statewide initiative of the California State Assembly Bill (AB) 19, or the "California College Promise."  The LACP now operates as the framework for students in Los Angeles to access AB 19. 

At LACC, the LACP is run exclusively through the First Year Experience (FYE).

What is the California Promise Grant?

The California Promise Grant is the new name for what was formerly called the "Board of Governors Fee Waiver", AKA, "The BOG."  This is a need-based benefit for California residents who are attending a California Community College and is based off of your household income.  This benefit is automatic for any CA Community College student who applies for it and qualifies based on household income. This does not require participation in, or the benefits of a program like LACP/FYE.

Who is eligible for the LA College Promise at LACC?

All first-time, full-time students are eligible for LA College Promise. Regardless of graduation date, as long as a student has not taken ANY credit-bearing college since graduating from high school, they are eligible. Students must be California residents or otherwise eligible for California in-state resident tuition (see AB 540 and CA Dream Act).

You qualify if you...

  • Are a high school graduate or have high school diploma equivalent, such as a GED
  • Are a California resident or eligible for in-state tuition (see AB 540)
  • Complete either the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application
  • Complete the Los Angeles City College Application
  • Complete Assessment, Orientation, and Counseling (AOC)
  • Attend an FYE Summer Bridge or Orientation prior to their first Fall semester
  • Enroll as a full-time student in the Fall & Spring of their first year
  • Take Math, English, and Counseling courses during their first year
  • Are in good standing with First Year Experience program and complete student success-related requirements of the program throughout the year
What about students who are not eligible for California in-state resident tuition?

In order to qualify for the LA College Promise, students must be eligible for in-state resident tuition. Students who don’t meet this eligibility requirement can still participate in FYE program components, such as academic counseling, success coaching, and access to reserved FYE course sections.

Do college classes taken in high school (dual enrollment) count against a student being "first-time"?

No. Classes taken while in high school don’t count against a student being “first-time.” Only for-credit college courses taken AFTER completion of high school (or the equivalent, such as a GED) disqualify a student for the LA College Promise.

Do students have to apply for the LA College Promise?

Yes. Students will need to apply for the LA College Promise. To apply, students can indicate their interest in LACP.

Is there a deadline for students to apply for the LA College Promise?

The priority deadline is May 1st. This ensures that students can take advantage of priority registration for Fall classes. However, we will continue to accept new students throughout the summer before their first year.

Once students apply, are they automatically considered an LA College Promise student?

No. Students will need to complete the required elements of the LA College Promise including completing FAFSA or the CA Dream Act, completing Assessment, Orientation and Counseling, and participating in a summer transition experience. Students also need to enroll full-time and agree to a contract which details their requirements for the duration of their first year.

Does the Promise cover fees for classes taken in Summer 2019?

It depends. LACP covers the fees for classes taken in Summer as part of the formal LACP summer transition experience, like Summer Bridge (Counseling 40A and Basic Skills 23CE). LACP will not cover the fees for classes that a student chooses to take on their own. To cover those fees, the student will need to apply for financial aid through FAFSA/CA Dream Act.

Does the Promise cover fees for classes taken in Winter 2020?

No. Only classes taken in Fall and Spring are covered. There is no limit to the number of units that LACP can cover in either Fall or Spring. To cover tuition fees for Winter/Summer, the student will need to apply for financial aid through FAFSA/CA Dream Act.

Does the Promise cover fees for books and other required class expenses like instructional fees?

Currently, the Promise does not cover these expenses. However, LACP students have access to additional financial assistance to help cover food, books or transportation costs. Students also have access to summer job and internship opportunities, as well as international travel experiences.

Does the Promise cover the health fee and the student rep free?


Does the Promise cover the Associated Student Government (ASG/ASO) Fee?

No. All students (not just Promise students) will be automatically charged the Associated Students fee. Students will need to opt out of they do not want to pay the ASG fee.

Do non-credit courses such as developmental English and Math count towards the required full-time attendance?

No. LACP and FYE students are required to enroll in 12 units per semester, and non-credit courses are 0 units.

What priority registration will LA College Promise students receive?

Promise students will receive registration dates at the beginning of Group 2. They will register immediately after the Group 1 (special populations).

Are there specific requirements for the summer transition program element?

Yes. There will be a free summer bridge or orientation to prepare for college.

Can LA College Promise students also participate in other programs such as EOPS, CalWorks, TRIO, Honors Program…etc?

Yes. The LA College Promise is not mutually exclusive with any other program your campus offers.  In fact, we encourage students to take advantage of these beneficial programs.

What happens if students drop below 12 units in fall?

In order to remain eligible for the LA College Promise benefits, student must maintain full-time enrollment. If a student drops below 12 units in the Fall, the student must complete an appeal application in order to be able to continue as an LACP student in the Spring. Students will not lose the LACP contract for their current semester if they drop below 12 units, as long as they are enrolled full-time as of census (end of week 2 of the semester).

What happens if students are not enrolled full-time (12 units) on the first day of class?

In order to meet the LA College Promise eligibility requirements, students must be enrolled full-time as of census (the end of the second week of the semester). If they are not enrolled full-time as of census, they do not qualify for LACP at that time. They can still qualify if they are able to enroll full-time by enrolling in late-start classes.

What happens if students don’t receive a 2.0 GPA in the Fall?

In order to remain eligible for the LA College Promise benefits, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Colleges may choose to have an appeal process for students who drop below a 2.0 GPA in Fall and wish to remain in the LA College Promise program.

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