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Q: WHO IS ELIGIBILE FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE? 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CALIFORNIA IN-STATE TUITION? 

Q: DO STUDENTS HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE? 

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR STUDENT TO APPLY FOR THE VALLEY PROMISE?

Q: WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE DEADLINE? 

Q: ONCE STUDENTS APPLY, ARE THEY AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED A VALLEY PROMISE STUDENT?

Q: WHAT DOES THE VALLEY PROMISE COVER? 

Q: DOES PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN SUMMER 2018 (I.E., SUMMER BRIDGE)?

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN WINTER 2019 OR SUMMER 2019? 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR THE HEALTH AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FEES?

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS FEE? 

Q: WHAT IS SUMMER BRIDGE?

Q: WHAT IS GUIDING YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS (GPS)?

Q:  WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS ARE NOT ENROLLED FULL-TIME ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS? 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS DO NOT RECEIVE A 2.0 GPA IN FALL? 

Q: WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

 




Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR LAVC's First YEar Experience (FYE) Program?

A: All students who graduated from high school, regardless of graduation date, and no post-secondary experience are eligible for all of the services and benefits.

 

  •  High school graduates or students with a high school equivalent (GED) who are eligible for California resident tuition and enroll in at least 12-course units qualify for free tuition and priority registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Students with certain disabilities may qualify for the accommodation of a reduced course load (i.e., enroll in less than 12 units). Please meet with a couselor in the Services for Students with Disabilities office for more details 
     
  • Students who enroll in less than 12-course units are eligible for the FYE  services and benefits, except for FREE tuition and priority registration. Your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information.

 

Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CALIFORNIA IN‐STATE TUITION (I.E., STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED 3 YEARS OF CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL OR STUDENTS WHO HAVE MOVED FROM OTHER STATES AND ONLY COMPLETE THEIR SENIOR YEAR IN CALIFORNIA)?

A: To qualify for the free tuition, under the Promise, a student must be a high school graduate and eligible for in‐state resident tuition. Students who do not meet this eligibility requirement can still participate in program components and submit a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form to the Admissions & Records office.

 

Q: DO STUDENTS HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE FYE PROGRAM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TUTITION THROUGH THE PROMISE?

A: Yes, students must apply to the FYE Program and complete the required elements of the LA College Promise including compleing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, online student orientation, and First Semester Educational Planning; attending a Guiding Your Path to Success event; and enrolling in at least 12 course units. 

 

Q: IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE FYE PROGRAM?

A: Yes, the deadline to apply is July 1, 2019.

 

Q: ONCE STUDENTS APPLY, ARE THEY AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED A FYE PROGRAM STUDENT AND RECEIVE FREE TUITION?

A: No, students will need to complete the required elements of the FYE including completing a FAFSA or the CA Dream Act application, completing an online student orientation, and attending a in-person First Semester Educational Planning session, attending a Guiding Your Path to Success event, and enrolling in at least 12 course units, including math and English.

 

Q: WHAT DOES THE FYE PROGRAM COVER?

A: Through the FYE Program, students receive the following services and benefits:

  • FREE Tuition (no enrollment fees) for the 2019-2020 school year* 
  • Priority Course Registration  
  • Guaranteed Mathematics and English Courses   
  • Guiding Your Path to Success (GPS) 
  • Academic Counseling
  • Math and English Tutors
  • Student Success Coaches
  • Library Orientation
  • Transfer/Career Workshops  
  • Success/Study Workshops 
  • Connections to Associated Student Union and Clubs
  • Campus Events


Only high school graduates (or high school equivalent), who are eligible for California resident tuition, qualify for free tuition for the 2019-2020 school year. If you enroll in less than 12 units, your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information.
 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR CLASSES TAKEN IN SUMMER 2019 OR WINTER 2020?

A: No, Promise only covers enrollment fees for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.  

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER FEES FOR BOOKS AND OTHER REQUIRED CLASS EXPENSES LIKE INSTRUCTIONAL FEES?

A: Currently, the Promise does not cover these expenses.

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE HEALTH AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FEES?

A: Yes, through the Promise, eligible FYE students who meet all the requirements receive free health and student representative fees. 

 

Q: DOES THE PROMISE COVER THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS FEE?

A: No, all students (not just FYE students) will be automatically charged the Associated Students fee. Students will need to opt out if they do not want to pay the ASO fee.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE GUIDING YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS?  

A: Guiding Your Path to Success (GPS) is an interactive and fun three-day event where students learn new study skills, learn about campus support services, explore career and transfer options, meet LAVC professors and staff, and make new friends. All FYE students must attend a GPS event to be eligible for FREE tutition, priority registration, and program services and benefits. 
 
 
 

A: All FYE students must be enrolled in at least 12 course units, including math and English, on the first day of the fall and spring semesters. If FYE students are not enrolled full‐time on the first day of a semester, they will not qualify for the free tuition and priority registration. If you enroll in less than 12 units, your tuition may still be waived if you meet the requirements through the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. Please check with the Financial Aid Department for additional information. Students with certain disabilities may qualify for the accommodation of a reduced course load (i.e., enroll in less than 12 units). Please meet with a counselor in the Services for Students with Disabilities office for more details.

 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS DO NOT RECEIVE A 2.0 GPA IN FALL?

A: To remain eligible for the FYE benefits and FREE tuition, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and enroll in at least 12 units. LAVC's FYE Program has an appeal process for students who drop below a 2.0 GPA and/or 12 units and wish to remain in the FYE and receive FREE tutition.  

 

Q: WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FYE PROGRAM?

A: For more information on the FYE Program at LAVC, please contact Frances Chmielewska at chmielfa@lavc.edu at (818) 947-7218.