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Promise Application for High School Class of 2024


This Columbia College Promise (CCP) Application is one of nine steps to qualify for up to two years tuition and fee-free at Columbia College. The CCP is designed to remove the economic barriers to education for graduating seniors from public and private high schools in the Columbia College service area, Calaveras Unified School District or Mariposa County Unified School District and both GED and CHSPE earners are also eligible if they enroll for the Fall semester that immediately follows the date that they earn their high school equivalency.

The CCP covers Columbia College (CC) enrollment fees for up to 30 units per academic year during a student’s first two years immediately after high school. Students are eligible to have their tuition and fees paid for up to four consecutive primary terms (Fall and Spring semesters) when they enroll in at least 12 units for the Fall semester that immediately follows their graduation from high school or earning their GED. Following completion of 24 total units in Fall and Spring, units taken during the summer term, up to a total of 30 per year, will also be reimbursed. Enrollment fees will cover $46/unit cost of classes and the CC Activity Fee, Health Fee, Student Representation Fee, and Student Center Fees, after receipt of any applicable state financial assistance when enrollment requirements are being met.

Continued eligibility will require enrollment in and completion of at least 12 units per semester along with having an approved comprehensive education plan on file with the Counseling department. Each student must apply for financial aid every academic year. Reduced unit requirement available for students meeting specific criteria.

The CCP does not cover individual course material fees, test or certification expenses, books, parking or other individual course expenses. The Columbia College Promise also does not cover non-resident tuition.

CCP Eligibility:
1. Be a resident of the Columbia College service area, the Calaveras USD Mariposa County USD who will graduate from a qualifying school by August 19th, 2024 or earn an equivalent to a Diploma (GED/HiSet) in the 2023-2024 academic year (Fall 2023 through Summer 2024). 
2. Enroll at CC for the Fall semester immediately following graduation.

Required Steps to Qualify:

  1. Apply to Columbia College via CCC Apply (
  2. Complete the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - or the 2024-25 Dream Act Application (CADAA -
  3. Complete this CC Promise Application.
  4. Complete the CC online college orientation (
  5. Complete a comprehensive education plan (Degree Plan) with a CC counselor directly prior to starting or during the Fall 2024 semester (after you start attending CC full time).
  6. Update and refine your comprehensive Degree/Education plan at least once annually.
  7. Agree to an exit interview at any point if you do not continue with the CC Promise.
  8. Enroll in and maintain 12 or more units at Columbia College for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 (If needed, up to one Modesto Jr. College (MJC) course each semester can be included in the 12 plus units but MJC tuition and fees will not be paid for by the CC Promise). A reduced unit requirement may be available for students meeting specific criteria; ask the Counselor.
  9. Submit official high school transcripts to the Columbia College Admissions and Records Office with proof of graduation, or equivalent, by 8/19/24.

Application Timeline: Highest priority will be to students who complete steps 1-5 by 6/7/24. The last day CC Promise applications will be accepted is 8/19/24 and all steps MUST be completed by the first day of the Fall semester - 8/19/24

Please fill in each field below. Those marked with an "*" are required. Other fields are optional but highly encouraged so we can help you with as many college readiness services as possible. 

Student Information
Student ID Number (W#) or last four digits of SSN *
First Name *
Last Name *
Middle Name
Date of Birth *
Age *
Local Address *
City *
State *
Zip *
Contact Phone *
Email Address (NOT High School Email) *
Gender Identity *
Social Security Number (NOT required)
Ethnicity *
If you identify as more than one ethnicity, please indicate here
Communication preference: Phone, text, email. List all that apply
How did you hear about Promise and/or MEOC?
Comfortable reading and writing English? *
Are you a US citizen or legal permanent resident? *
Please indicate the status of citizenship *
Please mark yes or no for any special circumstances that apply to you.
Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health, learning, sensory, or health condition that might impact your education?
Learning Disability (IEP or 504 plan in high school, other LD diagnosis
Currently Incarcerated
Formerly Incarcerated
Currently experiencing homelessness
Foster Youth
Veteran / Child/ Spouse

Financial Information:

Dependent Students MUST include Parent(s) income and household information on this application or provide the information at a later date.

In order to be considered for the Columbia College Promise, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents, or if a non-resident who meets certain criteria per State Law AB540, you will need to fill out an application for the Dream Act (CADAA).

 For the purposes of Financial Aid forms (FAFSA), household size and household income needs to be verified for all students. Most all new high school graduates are considered "dependent" for the purposes of FAFSA federal regulations, unless they meet specific Independent criteria- please see this chart to help you know if you are considered Dependent or Independent for Financial Aid/FAFSA. (

Do you meet the criteria of an independent student? (Same as FAFSA regulations *
Household Size (Independent for FAFSA: include those claimed on your taxes only; Dependent for FAFSA: include those claimed on Parent(s) taxes). *
Income Bracket *
If you wish for Columbia College Staff to contact a parent/Guardian to assist with FAFSA / CADAA and verification of your household size and income, please provide a Parent's email address:
Parent Email

All CC Promise applicants will be offered hands-on assistance with the FAFSA in partnership with the MEOC college specialist staff- MEOC is the Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center, a local community grant designed to increase access to all colleges.

 Learn more about MEOC services at 

Authorization of MEOC Services *

1. I hereby give authorization to Columbia College & MEOC to obtain my academic transcript, biographical data, and financial aid information, including the status of my FAFSA or Dream Act application.   

2. I authorize Columbia College Financial Aid Office and MEOC to release any information deemed necessary to verify the responses I have provided on the application. 

Please select one *

High School Information:

High School status as of this application: *
High School or Adult Education Enrolled in *
What is your expected graduation date? *
Did either parent that raised you complete a bachelor's degree? (former Foster Care and Guardianship students mark "No") *
Interested in attending college or Vocational school? *

Promise Eligibility Requirements Acknowledgement:

1. I agree to respond to all correspondence (emails, phone calls) from Columbia College & MEOC.

2. I understand that if I withdraw from all of my classes or drop below 12 units I will jeopardize my eligibility for the Columbia College Promise.

3. I understand that I must maintain a GPA of 2.0 each semester.

4. I understand that I need to submit my official high school transcripts to Columbia College Admissions & Records to verify high school graduation date prior to August 19, 2024.


Eligibility requirements completed as of today. Select all that apply:

Completed FAFSA / CADAA
Applied to Columbia College
Approved Educational Plan
Enrolled in 12 (+) units
Completed Orientation
If your Highschool or adult ED program is not listed please enter the name below. (Enter N/A if your school is on the dropdown list.) *

In compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964), Title IX of the Educational Amendments (1972), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990), and Age Discrimination Act (1975), Columbia College does not discriminate on the base of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion or age in its educational programs or employment. Inquiries concerning the application of these Federal laws to College programs and activities can be directed to the following persons at Columbia College (11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora, CA 95370), Title IX - Melissa Raby, Vice President of Student Services (209) 588-5132, Section 504 - Raelene Juarez, Interim Vice President of Instruction (209) 588-5107;  ADA Coordinator (209) 588-5144

I Understand

Authorization: I declare under penalty of perjury that the information on this form is true to the best of my knowledge. Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), MEOC is authorized to access information deemed necessary to assist me in achieving my educational goals or in meeting the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, to record pertinent facts regarding my eligibility in the program, services rendered, verification of secondary education completion and post-secondary education enrollment. This information is protected by the Privacy Act, kept confidential and not to be seen unless specifically authorized. A copy of this statement shall serve as such authorization

Participant Signature *
Signature Type: Simple    Start Over
Signature: (Type in your full name)
I agree to the terms included.
Parent/Guardian Signature (for dependent students typically under age 24)
Please select a signature verification type.