Effective fall 2020, Fullerton College will offer two years of tuition-free education to all new students as a result of the North Orange Promise Program expansion. The tuition-free experience is a substantial expansion of the current one-year program.
First-time college students who participated in their first year of the North Orange Promise program during the 2019-20 academic year will be eligible for a second year of free tuition for the 2020-21 academic year. First-time college students who begin at Fullerton College in fall 2020 will be eligible for two years of tuition free.
“NOCCCD is so proud to be able to offer our students up to two years of outstanding higher education with zero tuition costs,” said Dr. Cheryl Marshall, chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District. “We have seen firsthand what our amazing students can accomplish when they are supported in the right way.”
The North Orange Promise is available at Fullerton College and Cypress College. Fullerton currently serves about 2,300 students in the program. The expansion will also be available to current Promise students who enrolled in Fall 2019, have completed all Promise Program requirements, and remain in good standing.
“Fullerton College is thrilled to be a part of the North Orange Promise Program expansion and to be able to offer our students an additional year of free tuition,” said President Greg Schulz. “It definitely comes at a time when students need more support than ever before.”
NOCCCD, which includes Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education, serves over 85,000 students from 12 local cities where more than 70 percent of students are not able to afford college and must apply for some type of financial aid. The North Orange Promise intends to overcome financial barriers to ensure that the benefits of a college education remain available to students of all backgrounds.
Under the program, students who meet eligibility requirements can receive up to two years of their education completely free of tuition and health fees. Students must be:
- First-time college students
- High school graduates or accepted equivalency
- A California resident, AB540 or DREAM approved applicant
The North Orange Promise Program students (at a minimum) must:
- Enroll full-time for at least 12 units in fall and spring semesters
- Complete a current financial aid (FAFSA/CADAA) application
- Develop a Student Education Plan with the help of our college counseling team
“Our Promise Program not only removes some of the financial burden for students, but also provides guided entry support during their transition to college, enhanced registration, summer orientations, and ongoing services throughout their journey as Fullerton College students,” said Deniz Fierro, special project director of the Promise Program at Fullerton College.
The North Orange Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program, which means it meets any outstanding funding needs after federal and state aid programs have been applied. The program will cover students’ credit fees, comparable to tuition, which are paid on every unit for which the student registers.
For more information on the North Orange Promise Program at Fullerton College, go to promise.fullcoll.edu.