A Promise For What is to Become

Riverside City College Promise Program

Education opens minds, and possibilities. The RCC Promise program helps recent high school graduates remove a barrier to pursuing their further education — by making it affordable. Full-time students who hold to their “promise” receive free tuition (even if they’re not eligible for financial aid), support for textbooks and a dedicated community. Certain restrictions apply.  

The Promise program requires no application — simply apply for college and complete the Financial Aid FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) form. You will receive an email with instructions on next steps leading to the signing of your Promise contract. The annual review of participants for the Promise program begins in April. 

As of June 2, 2020 the Promise Program has reached capacity.  We will no longer be accepting incoming Fall 2020 Promise Students.  Thank you for your interest.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at the.Promise@rcc.edu

Promise​ Benefits

Students who continue to meet the above eligibility criteria will have the Promise tuition and fee waiver applied to their Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer fees after the last day to drop classes has passed for each semester (10th week for Fall and Spring, 4th week for Winter and Summer).

Please be patient. The RCC Promise Program will send email notifications once your account has been cleared. Please do not make a payment until the last day to drop classes for each semester has passed and you have been notified by the Promise Program of your payment status.

If you have made a payment out of pocket and are eligible to continue in Promise, you will be issued a reimbursement after the Promise tuition and fee waiver has been applied. Reimbursments timeframe varies. Please email the.promise@rcc.edu. for more information. Please refrain from paying out of pocket until you have received your Promise payment status email.

Please note: You will not be dropped from your classe​s for non-payment. 

Students who meet the above eligibility criteria will be granted the Promise book credit in the Fall and Spring Semester. Promise does not provide book credit during the Winter or Summer sessions.

  • Promise students will recieve a confirmation email regarding their book credit status
  • Book credit can only be used in the RCC bookstore for textbooks
  • Students will need to bring in your RCC ID, Driver's License, or a state issued photo ID to purchase your books
  • Students need to bring a copy of your class schedule
  • The book credit will be applied at the time of purchase
  • Rental: Students will need a credit card to put on file to rent a textbook from the RCC bookstore. The Promise book credit will cover rental fees.
  • Norco or Moreno Valley textbooks: Student need to communicate with the RCC bookstore to request the textbook be sent here for purchase
  • If your book credit has not been established in the bookstore you must contact the Promise Program to determine your eligiblity at the.promise@rcc.edu..

Students in the Promise program receive priority registration for up to during the Fall and Spring semesters

Students have access to Educational Advisors who are dedicated to your success

Who better to guide you through RCC, than another student. Peer mentors support you transition from high school to college

Qualify For the Program

The Steps and Criteria

To be eligible to the Promise program you need to: 

  • Graduate from a ;ocal (California graduates) high school in this current year 
  • Complete the required FAFSA or Dream Act application 
  • Be a California resident or eligible by your AB 540/Dream Act Status 
  • Complete the RCC Admissions Application 
  • List RCC as your campus 
  • Attend a Promise Information session 
  • View suggested first term courses on MyPortal

Potential participants begin being processed each April. Invitation emails are sent out starting in April and within five business days if submitted after processing begins. 

You will then receive emails to your RCC student email address with:  

  1. Official Promise Program Information Session Invitation (within 2 business days) 
  2. Parking permit information 

If you do not receive an email regarding Promise within this timeline, please Contact Us.

Promise Program Requirements

Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Enroll and complete a full-time load (12 units or more) for Fall 2020*
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA or higher every term
  • Meet with your Peer Mentor regularly
  • Meet with a RCC Counselor to create your Student Educational Plan (SEP) by Nov. 1
  • Attend a workshop/event and complete the Promise Workshop Verification Form by Nov. 1
  • If you are struggling with any course, visit the Academic Support Services

*If you had an IEP, 504, medical diagnosis, psychiatric diagnosis, or are concerned about your academics and would like to continue receiving services through The Promise Program, please make sure to visit the DRC office as soon as possible. You can reach them via email at drc@rcc.edu or by phone 951-222-8060.  Please take note if you have established DRC accommodations  and one of your accommodations includes a Unit Reduction, you will need to communicate with DRC and request that the DRC Unit Reduction accommodation be made accessible to The Promise Program via email at the.promise@rcc.edu.

Information of Note

What You Should Know

Our Five Promise Streams - Students come from every walk of life and have diverse ambitions. We have dedicated program streams that address these — Health Related, Career and Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences; Health Related Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts. Please visit our five Engagement centers for detail.

Success Workshops - From initial information sessions to enrichment workshops designed to ensure success, students are required to attend workshops/information sessions throughout the year. Here is the ​2020 Promise Summer Workshop video.

Application Timelines, Orientation RSVP - The Promise Program has only 1500 new openings each year. After all seats are filled so is the program. Acceptance of 2021 high school graduates will begin in the Spring semester. You must attend an orientation session prior to signing your Promise contract.

The Value of Mentorship - Mentoring is a positive experience for both mentees and mentors. Our program utilizes active mentoring, from college faculty and staff advisors to members of the community. Mentors help answer questions and provide the guidance for directed success.

Did You Know

3,000+ Participants and Counting
Free Tuition & Fees
New Students Each Year
Streams of Study for an Associate Degree

Student Success Stories

Bart, Science Student

“I was a good student in high school, but not a great one. Scholarships were not coming my way. Without the Promise Program I would be working cheque to cheque, surviving. I can see myself having a better life, and that is exciting."

Brian, Theatre Student

“My parents are proud of me, but they thought a Law career would have been more realistic. The promise program, and my performance helped them change their minds.”

Video Tutorial: Class Registration

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Working with MyPortal

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Planning Your Courses



RCC Promise Program Forms and Documents

Please read through the following Promise Policies.
If you are a new student, you are responsible for understanding the following Promise Program Policies.

Promise Program Policies 2020

Attend one workshop in the Fall and Spring semester.
Summer and Winter workshops are not required, but recommended. 
Promise Workshop Verification Form

​This petition is for students who encounter situations involving extenuating circumstances, or emergencies that may affect their educational records and fall outside the realm of normal college policy and procedure. Please read application throughly.