RCC Promise Program
A Promise For What is to Become
Education opens doors, minds, and possibilities. The RCC Promise Program helps recent high school graduates and first time college students remove barriers to pursuing their education and career goals — by making it affordable.
The program is available to current high school graduates and first-time college students (students who have not previously attended any college prior to enrolling at RCC).
The program covers two years of full-time tuition and can be used for a vocational award or for the general education requirements needed for an Associate's or to transfer to earn a Bachelor's degree. Additionally, the Promise provides support including textbook vouchers, counseling, and mentoring.
Students must be enrolled as a full–time student to participate in The Promise Program. Full-time students who hold to their “promise” receive free tuition (even if they’re not eligible for financial aid), priority registration, support for textbooks and a dedicated support community. Certain restrictions apply.
The Helpdesk features live, in-person support and phone support throughout the week on Monday – Friday from 8 am-5 pm.
Location: MLK Building, Lobby 202
Phone: (951) 328-3820
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Explore all of the benefits that the Promise Program has to offer.
Do you need guidance and support with your individual situation, if so this is the place for you?
Invitation to Promise
Students who are hoping to be invited into The Promise Program must meet the following criteria:
- Graduate from a local (California high school in this current year)
- Be a First time College student (student has not taken any previous college courses)
- Be a California resident or eligible AB540/ Dream Act status.
Click HERE to complete the Invitation eligibility check list for the Fall 2023 cohort
- Tuition and Student Services fees will be covered each term after the 10th week of Fall and Spring semesters, and 4th week of Winter and Summer sessions. Students will not be dropped from their courses for non-payment. Do not pay any outstanding balances during this time. If payment is made a reimbursement will be issued, but the time-frame for a reimbursement can be lengthy and is not recommended.
- Students who have committed to the STEM or Health Related Sciences (Nursing) will receive an additional year of tuition and Fee support only!
Tuition & Fees covered by the Promise Program:
Student tuition $46.0 per unit.
Student Health Fee: Fall / Spring $20.00 - Winter/ Summer $17.00
Student Service Fee: Fall/ Spring $30.00- Winter/ Summer $10.00
Transportation Fee: $5.50 over 6 units / $5.00 6 units and under
Fees NOT covered by the Promise Program:
- Book and supply credit of $250 will be provided Fall and Spring semesters Only to students who stay in compliance with the program requirements.
- The book credit can only be used in the RCC Bookstore to purchase the required textbooks and eligible supplies.
- Students will be required to provide a photo ID and class schedule at the time of purchase.
- The book credit will cover book rentals charges; however, the student will need to provide a credit card at the time of purchase.
- The book credit will not cover rental fees associated with damage, late charges, or non- (FAQ for additional information regarding Book credit)
- Priority registration is provided each term to students who maintain compliance with program requirements.
- Priority registration dates are limited to 3 days. Promise priority provides access to Riverside City College classes only.
- If the student misses their priority registration period, they must wait until their normal registration date to enroll in classes.
- Classes are not guaranteed after priority registration. However, it is the student’s responsibility to enroll in the required units, prior to the start of each term.
Each student who successfully complete the promise program will be eligible to receive a Promise Program Sash to wear at their graduation ceremony.
Your Student Success Team
Do you need guidance and support with your individual situation, if so this is the place for you? As a participant of the Promise Program you will have a dedicated student success team of counselors, advisors and peer mentors. This team will be connected to your program of study and located in the corresponding engagement center to support you through your educational journey.
- Advanced Technical Arts and Trades, Business, Information Systems and Technology, and Education and Teacher Preparation Engagement Center
- Visual, Performing and Creative Arts Engagement Center
- Languages and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences Engagement Center
- Health-Related Sciences Engagement Center
- STEM Engagement Center
Policies and Procedures
- Enroll in the Promise Program Canvas page by clicking on the link you receive in your invitation email.
- Watch the RCC Promise Program Orientation video
- Complete the RCC Promise Program contract.
- Enroll in Full-Time (12 or more units in fall/spring) and (3 units in winter/ summer)
- Check your rcc email regularly.
To Maintaing active status in Promise Students must do the following:
- Enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 12 or more units in the Fall and Spring semesters and 3 units in the Winter and Summer sessions*
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher every Fall, Spring, Winter and Summer Semesters.
- Student progress will be evaluated throughout the year to determine program eligibility.
Students who do not meet program eligibility will no longer receive services. Suspension of services will be effective immediately after the student becomes ineligible.
A minimum of a 2.5 GPA or higher is required each term to stay eligible in the Promise Program.
*Full-time enrollment is a requirement for the program. Full-time status is equivalent to a total of 30 units per academic year.
SEP and SBS developed by an RCC Counselor are required to stay in compliance with the program. Students must develop and update their plans each year. Major changes must be reported to the Division Educational Advisor and a new SEP and Semester by Semester must be developed by a counselor to deter-mine eligibility for the program. Students must enroll in courses as prescribed on their educational plans.
Students must complete a FAFSA or DREAM application prior to the month of March each year they are in the program. Students who maintain eligibility requirements are offered two years in the program beginning in the Fall term. Eligible STEM and nursing students are offered three years in the program.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in events, workshops, meetings, tutoring and other activities as promoted by the Promise Program. Academic success is more likely when students participate in campus activities, services, and supports beyond the classroom. We will promote activities and track student participation as applicable to meet program needs. Students should note that although non-participation in many events may not lead to program ineligibility, participation may become a criterion of eligibility if a student is not able to meet enrollment, GPA, SEP, or FAFSA requirements.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
The Promise Program understands that life happens and unexpected things happen beyond a student's control. The Promise Program aims to assist and support students with completing their educational goals while participating in the promise program. Students' progress will evaluate throughout the academic year to determine their eligibility. If you are not in good standing, you will be eligible to submit a one-time appeal to remain in the program (appeal approval is not guaranteed). If approved, appeal students will be recommended to speak to an educational advisor for guidance and academic support services.
Frequently asked Questions and Answers
The Promise Program encourages all students to meet with their academic Advisor and Counselor to determine if they should or should not drop their classes. However, there is an option for a conditional one-time appeal to remain in the Promise Program if you do not maintain a 2.5+ GPA and 12+ units in the Fall and Spring semesters. The Promise Program will evaluate the Participant's progress throughout the academic year to determine their eligibility. Keep in mind that the appeal must be approved. However, if approved, appeal students will be recommended to speak to an educational advisor for guidance as well as academic support services.
There may be other financial aid options available to assist you with your educational needs. Please visit the RCC Financial aid office to speak to a Financial Aid Advisor about the available options. You can also click on the link to access additional RCC Financial aid information Riverside City College Student Financial Aid (rcc.edu) (Contingent upon eligibility).
You get two academic years within the Promise Program. Each academic year begins in the fall term, and includes winter, spring, and summer. If you are a STEM or pre-Nursing student, you will receive a third years of paid tuition and fees; however, no book voucher will be given in the third year or during the winter and summer terms.
If you have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 accessible to the Promise Program via email at email@example.com. Students who have a special course load reduction form from a DRC counselor are also limited to two academic years within the Promise Program.
Do not pay any outstanding balances. Tuition and Student Services fees will be covered each term after the 10th week of Fall and Spring semesters, and 4th week of Winter and Summer sessions. Tuition will be paid for students who stay in compliance with program requirements. Students will not be dropped from their courses for non-payment. If payment is made a reimbursement will be issued, but the timeframe for a reimbursement can be lengthy and is not recommended.
Purchase all your materials before the Published book voucher deadline because it will not re-open after the deadline date. Late start courses still count towards your overall unit requirement.
Priority registration for Promise students are as follows: Summer/Fall Winter/Spring. Eligible Promise students will receive a priority registration email to their RCC student email address one week in advance notifying them of the 3-day priority registration window.
You may take extra units beyond 12 credits during the Spring and Fall semesters if your counselor assigns you a higher unit count on your Student Educational Plan (SEP). If you pass Spring and Fall with 15 units or more, you do not need to take a course during the Winter and Summer terms. If you for some reason do not pass all of the units during the fall and spring semesters, then it would benefit you greatly to take a summer or winter class to complete the 30 units required for each academic school year.
Coming February 2023!