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SCC Promise Scholarship

​​​​​​​​​FREE TUITION AND MORE! 2019 High School Grads are Eligible to Receive a Promise Scholarship, Regardless of Family Income, by Com

We are no longer accepting applications for the 
2019-2020 Academic Year.

More than a promise…the Santiago Canyon College (SCC) Promise Scholarship helps first-time students complete their associate degree, transfer requirements, or workforce certificate(s) by accelerating paths to achieve success.  We strive to provide a seamless transition into college and equip students with a supportive and engaging environment.  

SCC offers two Promise Scholarships that are not based on family income:

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#1  Students that do not qualify for any type of financial aid assistance (determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; FAFSA) are eligible to receive a $1,400 Promise Scholarship ($700 fall; $700 spring).

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#2  Students that are eligible for financial aid assistance (determined by FAFSA), qualify for free tuition and may also be awarded a $400 book voucher to the SCC Hawk Bookstore ($200/semester).

By participating in the Promise Scholarship, SCC will provide you with the support and guidance needed to reach your educational and career goals.  You will receive continuous academic and support services such as: student success workshops, academic coaching, one-on-one counseling, tutoring, career exploration, and transfer advisement to 4-year universities.  The Promise Scholarship is available for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.


 

​ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

AS A FIRST-TIME COLLEGE STUDENT, YOU MUST MEET THESE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP BY THE PRIORITY DEADLINE OF MAY 31, 2019:

  • 2019 High School Graduate or equivalency (First-Time College Student)
  • Be a resident of California or AB540 eligible
  • Complete and submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act application.  Those students that fill out the FAFSA or California Dream Act application and complete the intake process with the Financial Aid Department by the priority deadline of May 31, 2019 will receive priority to receive the Promise Scholarship.  All Promise Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Attend Early Welcome registration in April or May of 2019.  This program will simplify the enrollment process for you and your parents.  In addition, your participation guarantees you will receive PRIORITY REGISTRATION for your first year!  For more information on the Early Welcome process please visit the following weblink:
  • Review and sign the SCC Promise Scholarship Pledge Form which will be made available during the Early Welcome registration process

AS A FIRST-TIME COLLEGE STUDENT, YOU MUST MEET THESE STUDENT REQUIREMENTS AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER, TO RECEIVE YOUR SCC PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP:

  • Remain continuously enrolled in 12 units or more per semester (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020).  Students with verified disabilities impacting their ability to maintain 12 units may still qualify, pending approval from the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Administrator. 
  • Earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and complete 12 units for the Fall 2019 semester to receive reimbursement and remain eligible for Spring 2020.  Reimbursements will be credited upon the conclusion of the fall term.
  • Earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and complete 12 units for the Spring 2020 semester to receive reimbursement at the conclusion of the spring term
  • Meet with an Academic Coach in the First Year Support Center (Building E, Room 303) once each semester during your first year

DISCLAIMERS

Tuition payments are made retroactively.  Students that are eligible for the $1,400 Promise Scholarship will be awarded $700 at the end of the Fall 2019 semester after program requirements have been verified (i.e., 2.0 GPA and completion of 12 units for the fall term).  Students will then receive the additional $700 at the end of the Spring 2020 semester once program requirements have been verified.

Initial tuition payment must be paid in order to secure classes. Reimbursements will be credited upon conclusion of each term.

Recipient student will register with BankMobile (our third party servicer) in order to receive the reimbursements of $700.  

Please visit the Financial Aid Department in Building E, Room 104 if you have any questions regarding BankMobile.

Students that qualify for free tuition through FAFSA are also eligible for a $400 book voucher (as long as your award package does not exceed the cost of education).  Book vouchers are also issued retroactively. Recipient students will receive a $200 voucher at the end of the Fall 2019 semester after program requirements have been verified (i.e., 2.0 GPA and completion of 12 units for the fall term).  Students will then receive an additional $200 book voucher at the end of the Spring 2020 semester once program requirements have been verified.

Initial cost of textbooks will be incurred by the student.  Book voucher will be issued retroactively at the completion of Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.  Book vouchers are good for all purchases made at the SCC Bookstore and the Hawk's Perch Café and Lounge.

The SCC Promise Scholarship is only offered for your first academic year, defined as one fall semester and the consecutive spring semester.  All Promise Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is the SCC Promise Scholarship?

The SCC Promise Scholarship provides 2019 high school graduates with one of two scholarships for all first-time, full-time students for one academic year (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters).  Voted #3 Best Community College in CA and ranked #13 in the U.S., SCC is committed to your success and will work with you to ensure completion and provide a high-quality education.

2. Who is eligible to receive the SCC Promise Scholarship?

The Promise Scholarship is available to all first-time students, regardless of family income.  Students that took college courses while still in high school through Dual Enrollment are also eligible.  Students must also be California residents or AB540 eligible.

3. Do I need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application to be eligible for the Promise Scholarship?

Yes, everyone must complete and submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act application to qualify for the Promise Scholarship.  Since this scholarship is not based on family income, you can still qualify for free tuition even if you are not eligible to receive any other types of financial aid assistance.  We will provide priority for those students that complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by May 31, 2019.

4. Do I need to apply for the SCC Promise Scholarship?

Yes, during the Early Welcome registration process, a college representative will highlight the Promise Scholarship and will ask interested students to complete a Promise Scholarship Pledge Form.

​5. Is there a deadline for students to apply for the SCC Promise Scholarship?

There is a priority deadline to complete the eligibility requirements by May 31, 2019.  We will offer continual enrollment, but please keep in mind that the Promise Scholarship is available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.  Students that participate in the Early Welcome registration process will have the first opportunity to apply.

6.  If I am eligible, how will I receive the $700 credit each semester?

Students that are eligible for the $1,400 scholarship will have $700 credited to them through BankMobile  at the end of the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

7. What are the benefits of the SCC Promise Scholarship?

In addition to free tuition for your first year, SCC will provide you with the support and guidance needed to reach your educational and career goals.  You will receive continuous academic and support services such as: student success workshops, academic coaching, personalized comprehensive student education plans, one-on-one counseling, tutoring, career exploration, and transfer advisement to 4-year universities.  Assistance is also available throughout the enrollment process should you need help with your application, financial aid, or any other resources and services on campus. 

8. Are students with disabilities required to take 12 units?

Students with verified disabilities impacting their ability to maintain 12 units may still qualify as full-time to be eligible for the Santiago Canyon College Promise.  Students must meet with the SCC Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Administrator to determine what other assistance or support can be provided.  To schedule an appointment, please call (714) 628-4860.


​PROCESS AND TIMELINE

1. How can I start applying for the SCC Promise Scholarship?

During Early Welcome registration, all interested students will complete the Promise Scholarship Pledge Form.  If you are unable to attend Early Welcome, please contact the First Year Support Center at (714) 628-5085 for assistance.

2. How and when will I know that I'm eligible to receive the SCC Promise Scholarship?

Following the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is your responsibility to ensure your financial aid file is complete with the Financial Aid Department (Building E, Room 104).  Should the department require additional paperwork, you must complete your file in order to qualify for the Promise Scholarship.  If no additional paperwork is required, the college will contact you to confirm eligibility.

3. I just registered for my courses, do I have to pay the bill?

Yes, you must pay your tuition bill in full.  If it is determined that you are eligible to receive the SCC Promise Scholarship, your tuition will be refunded and your full scholarship funds will be credited to you at the completion of the current semester pending program requirements have been met.

4. I did not pay my tuition bill and I see there is a deadline to pay for classes or they will be dropped. Do I need to pay my bill by that date so my classes won't be dropped for non-payment?

Yes, you must pay your tuition bill by the deadline to avoid being dropped due to non-payment.

5. Where can I find out more information about the SCC Promise Scholarship?

If you have any questions, let us help!  Please contact the First Year Support Center on the 3rd floor of the E building, Room E-303 for more information. You can also call (714) 628-5085 or email fysc@sccollege.edu.