Not sure if you qualify for the Hancock Promise? Check out these frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you can’t find the answer here, please call (805) 347-7550 or email promise@hancockcollege.edu. 


What is the Hancock Promise?
The Hancock Promise will provide any local student who completes their high school education within the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District with the opportunity to get their first year of tuition free at Allan Hancock College. Qualified students will not have to pay tuition or required lab and class fees. The program begins in fall 2018.

What specifically does the Hancock Promise pay for?
The Hancock Promise will cover tuition ($46 per unit), health fee ($20/semester), Student Center fee ($10/semester), course materials fees, and the Student Representative fee ($1/semester). The Promise will save each student more than $1,200. It does not include books, school supplies or the parking permit fee.

Where does the funding for the Hancock Promise come from?  Funding for the Hancock Promise comes entirely from privately-funded donations from generous members of the community.

What if I attended high school in the AHJCC District, but transferred out of the district before graduation? Do I still qualify? Unfortunately, the Promise only applies to students who graduated from a high school within the district.

I didn’t graduate from high school. Instead, I have my GED/went to adult high school/passed the California High School Proficiency Exam in the AHJCC District. Do I still qualify?
Yes, you qualify. As long as you completed high school within the district in 2017 or later and completed your AHC application for fall 2018, you are eligible.

I was home schooled. Do I still qualify?
Yes, you qualify. As long as you completed high school within the district in 2017 or later and immediately completed your AHC application for fall 2018, you are eligible.

How soon after high school graduation must I enroll? Are there any exceptions?
You must enroll at AHC for the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school or the equivalent. If entering military service or missionary service directly out of high school, please contact us at promise@hancockcollege.edu.

How many units do I need to take each regular (fall/spring) semester? What if the program I’m participating in is designed to be part-time?
You must complete at least 12 units at AHC each semester for a total of 24 units and a maximum of 30 units in an academic year. Exceptions may be made in some cases.

Are there any GPA requirements?
There are no requirements on your incoming high school GPAs. However, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA during the fall semester at AHC in order to qualify as a Promise student during the following spring semester.

I’m not a senior this school year. Will I be able to get the Promise in the future?
Yes! The Promise is made possible by generous gifts from the community to the Allan Hancock College Foundation. The foundation has established an ongoing fund so that the Hancock Promise will be around for future generations of northern Santa Barbara County high school students.

I’m not a citizen of the United States. Do I still qualify?
Undocumented students, whether AB540-eligible or not, are eligible for the AHC Promise, as long as they graduate from a district high school and immediately enroll at AHC.

I was eligible but didn’t sign up for the Promise program originally. I went to another college in the fall, can I register late as a Promise student at AHC in the spring?
Maybe. You will need to speak with someone from the Promise Program. Please email promise@hancockcollege.edu to set up an appointment.

What is the deadline to apply?
You must complete the check list by August 2018 to start fall classes as a Promise student.

Do Promise students receive priority registration? When is priority registration for Promise students?
Yes, Promise students receive priority registration at AHC, which means they get to sign up for classes earlier than the majority of other students. See a list of registration dates

Are the summer and winter sessions included?
Yes.The Promise covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to 30 units in the academic year, which runs from summer 2018 to spring 2019, or from the summer immediately after high school graduation to the following May.

What does the Promise cover?
The Promise covers the cost of enrollment (tuition), health fees, Student Center fees, and lab fees. It does not cover living expenses, travel, textbooks or supplies.

I’m getting other scholarships. Do I still qualify?
Yes, you still qualify. Any other scholarships will complement the Promise program. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

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Last Modified Aug 18, 2017