Free Community College for LA High School Grads

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stencil.default (1)If you’re looking for ways to cut down on college tuition, students attending a year or two of community college is a great way to do it. Especially with The Los Angeles College Promise. The program provides one year of free tuition to all full-time students graduating from LAUSD and charter high schools beginning with seniors graduating in 2017.

If you really want to save on the expenses, have your student attend community college during high school when it’s free (up to 7 credits in the summer and winter and 12 credits in the Fall and Spring), let them do the one year after they graduate and they would be able to transfer into a 4-year university as a junior.

The Promise serves LAUSD and charter school graduating seniors through a comprehensive strategy designed to support students to complete a higher education degree and/or a work-force certificate. Important aspects of the Promise are waived tuition for the first year of college, priority enrollment and a dedicated support team providing a wide array of academic and student support services. The goal is to help students “start right” on their way to “ending right” with a degree, university transfer or workforce certificate in a timely and efficient manner.

Core Components of the program include:

  • Early Outreach & Engagement for LAUSD Students
  • College info days
  • FAFSA completed in H.S.
  • Priority registration
  • Holistic assessment for strengths-based placement
  • Pre-enrollment in support services

During the first year, students can expect summer transition (extended orientation), free tuition (no enrollment fees) for first year for 12-15 units per semester, structured schedule including required English and math and ongoing success coaching, advising, and mentoring.

Want to speak to an admissions specialist? Go here to find one at the community college of your choice. Students will need to fill out this application to get their enrollment waived, for additional money to cover the costs of books and other fees, they will need to fill out the FAFSA.


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