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South Bay Promise

Paying for college can be intimidating. With the South Bay Promise from El Camino College, you can ease the burden on your bank account and get your degree in two years – guaranteed.

What We Promise

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If you’re a first-time, full-time college student we’ll 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.
Enrollment fees saved
Student Support & Success Programs

Getting Started

Step 1: Apply for admission.
Step 2: Complete and submit a South Bay Promise Application
Step 3: Submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act application
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 fall and spring semesters).




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

  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the fall to be eligible for the spring semester
  • Complete one math and one English class during first year at ECC


Julieta O. Arámburo, Director

Ananda Williams, Administrative Assistant

Approved Student Support & Success Programs

Get a head start and reach out to these programs by clicking the links below - they'll help you work through the application process, eligibility reviews, and upcoming information sessions.


Info for Students

Find out what the South Bay Promise program can do for you as a first-time college student.

Info for Parents

Learn about the benefits of the South Bay Promise program for your student.

Be a Community Partner

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