South Bay Promise

 Deadline to apply for Fall 2024 South Bay Promise is July 31,2024 

What We Promise

South Bay Promise logoYour future looks more promising than ever with the South Bay Promise.

If you’re a first-time, full-time college student we’ll waive your first and second year enrollment fees. The South Bay Promise does not waive Non-Resident Tuition (Per-unit fee for students who aren't California residents). Please note, if you're granted an AB 540 exemption, the South Bay Promise will waive your first and second year fees.

You’ll also get personalized services and counseling to make sure you graduate in two years with the degree you need.

  • Enrollment fees paid for the first two years (up to 30 units) – a savings of $1,110 or more!
  • Priority registration your first semester.
  • Access to English and math courses in your first year.
  • Participation in a Student Support & Success Program.
  • Personalized Support & Success Program orientations.
  • Borrow a Surface Go Laptop via Laptop Loan thanks to our Foundation.

 

3000+
Students Enrolled
$1,100+
Enrollment fees saved
12
Student Support & Success Programs

Getting Started

ALL first-time, full-time college students

  • Regardless of high school / GED completion year
  • No financial need is necessary to qualify
  • Regardless of city of residence

Students who complete ALL of the eligibility requirements started below by the stated deadline

Students who are determined to be California Residents. Please see our admissions site to determine if you may qualify for CA residency


 

Step 1: Apply for admission.
Step 2: Complete and submit a Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 application.
Step 3: Renew or submit your  FAFSA or California Dream Act application
(Please note, any corrections or updates to the student’s FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, need to be made before the start of the fall semester to ensure that verifiable financial aid information is available at El Camino College. If the South Bay Promise cannot verify the student's financial aid information, the student's enrollment fees will not be paid for by the South Bay Promise and the student will no longer be eligible for the program).
Step 4: Complete the English and Mathematics Placement Survey in MyECC
Step 5: Complete the New Student Orientation
Step 6: Meet with an El Camino Counselor to create an Educational Plan
Step 7: Connect with an approved South Bay Promise Student Support & Success Program or Pathway (requirements and application deadlines vary). See below for a list of approved South Bay Promise Programs or Pathways.
Step 8: Register for a minimum of 12 units for both fall and spring semesters. (If you are registered with the Special Resource Center on campus and have been approved, then you are only required to take 9 units for both the fall and spring semesters).
Step 9 (optional):
Complete a Financial Aid & Advocacy Student Training (FAAST) workshop. (Available only during Summer session). Please note this step is not mandatory but highly recommended. 

 

To stay on board with the South Bay Promise program, you must:

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • 1. Cumulative Grade Point Average - A student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). 
    • 2. Cumulative Pace of Unit Completion - A student must complete at least 67% of the total number of units they attempt (passed hours divided by attempted hours). 
    • 3. Maximum Timeframe - A student has not exceeded the 150% maximum timeframe allowed for the completion of his or her
      educational program. 
  • Renew or submit a valid  FAFSA or California Dream Act application each academic year.
    (Please note, any corrections or updates to the student’s FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, need to be made before the start of the spring or fall semester (whichever is your 1st semester of college), to ensure that verifiable financial aid information is available at El Camino College. If the South Bay Promise cannot verify the student's financial aid information, the student's enrollment fees will not be paid for by the South Bay Promise and the student will no longer be eligible for the program).
  • Register for a minimum of 12 units for both fall and spring semesters. (If you are registered with the Special Resource Center on campus and have been approved, then you are only required to take 9 units for both fall and spring semesters).

Julieta O. Arámburo, Director
jaramburo@elcamino.edu

Ananda Williams, Administrative Assistant
awilliams@elcamino.edu

Join us to hear more about what South Bay Promise has to offer and the necessary steps to receive two free years of enrollment fees. Most sessions are held virtually via Zoom.

 
Register for one of our sessions here. 

  • Mar 22, 2024 05:00 PM
  • Apr 4, 2024 05:00 PM
  • Apr 25, 2024 05:00 PM
  • May 16, 2024 05:00 PM
  • Jun 27, 2024 05:00 PM
  • Jul 18, 2024 05:00 PM

Register for one of our sessions here. 

 

Information Session

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Join us for a virtual information session held on Thursdays from 5pm-6pm.

 

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Hours Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Email southbaypromise@elcamino.edu

Call 310-660-6464