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South Bay Promise

 College is expensive. We want to help! The South Bay Promise offers an affordable pathway directly from high school to college. Enrollment fees for the first and second year will be paid for full-time students and additional services and counseling will be offered to students enrolled in the South Bay Promise. 

 The South Bay Promise is available to all first-time, full-time college students (regardless of school district) who complete the steps below and attend El Camino College the fall after their senior year.


Application and eligibility steps must be complete by July 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Students who have applied and have completed all eligibilitiy steps will receive an email notification with a Conditional Acceptance Letter. A Conditional Acceptance Letter requires a reply from students within two weeks.

The Fall 2020 South Bay Promise application period is currently closed.  Applications for current High School Seniors Class of 2021 will become available later this fall. 

Steps for Eligibility

You must complete steps 1-6 by the April 30, 2020 priority deadline to receive a conditional acceptance letter from the South Bay Promise.  Students who submit applications and complete steps beyond April 30 will not be eligible for priority registration for the fall semester. You must also participate in a South Bay Promise Eligible Student Support Program (list below). 

  1. Apply for Admission for Fall 2020.
  2. Complete and submit a South Bay Promise Application (application period is now closed). 
  3. All students are required to submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act application regardless of income. 
  4. Complete the English and Mathematics Placement Survey in MyECC. This will be available once you apply for Fall 2020 Admissions and receive your El Camino Student ID number. 
  5. Complete the New Student Orientation.
  6. Meet with an El Camino Counselor to create an Educational Plan.
  1. Connect with an approved South Bay Promise Student Support & Success Program (requirements and application deadlines vary). See below for a list of approved South Bay Promise Programs. 
  2. Register for a minimum of 12 units for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 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 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters)

What are the benefits for me?

  • Enrollment fees paid for the first year (up to 30 units).
  • 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.

List of South Bay Promise approved Support & Success Programs

Please check with each program for application, eligibility, and upcoming information sessions.Get a head start and reach out to these programs by clicking the blue links!