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Rancho Cordova Promise Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the Rancho Cordova Promise program?
Do other colleges have a Promise program?
Who qualifies for the program?
What aid is available?
Where can I take classes?

How do I apply?
I'm officially part of the Rancho Cordova Promise program. Now what?
How is this program funded? 
How do I donate to the program?
Questions?

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What are the benefits of the Rancho Cordova Promise program?

The Rancho Cordova Promise program improves access to higher education by removing some of the economic barriers to pursuing higher education which in return improves the college-going rate of residents. This creates a well-educated workforce that advances the local economy.

Studies have shown that Promise students:

  • Stay in school after their first year at double the rate of non-Promise students.
  • Are more likely to transfer to four-year universities.
  • Are more likely to remain in the local community after graduation.

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Do other colleges have a Promise program?

Yes, other colleges have this program. However, this is the first Promise program in the region. Our sister college, Sacramento City College, has recently announced a Promise partnership with the City of West Sacramento. Other California community colleges with similar programs include Contra Costa, Cuesta, Long Beach, Santa Ana, and Ventura Colleges. For more info, go to: calcollegepromise.org/promiseprograms

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Who qualifies for the program?
Students must meet these qualifications:

  1. Be a current resident of Rancho Cordova. (To see if your address qualifies, you must go to: http://generalmap.gis.saccounty.net/JSViewer/county_portal.html and type in your home address in the top search bar. If the property information shows as the "Jurisdiction" of Rancho Cordova, your address qualifies.)
  2. Graduate from high school or receive a GED from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. (Note: High school location does not need to be in Rancho Cordova.)
  3. Enroll in Folsom Lake College for the Fall 2019 semester full-time (at least 12 units).

All students who meet the qualifications above, regardless of income or high school GPA, receive funding for their first semester.

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Where can I take classes?
Rancho Cordova Promise funds can be used to take classes at any Folsom Lake College campus (Main Folsom campus, El Dorado Center in Placerville, and Rancho Cordova Center). If you enroll in a class at another Los Rios college (American River, Cosumnes River, or Sacramento City), your enrollment fees for those classes are not covered by the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise program.

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What aid is available?
Each Rancho Cordova Promise student will be awarded up to $600 towards their Fall 2019 semester, which includes:

  • Tuition/enrollment fee of $46/unit (as determined by California Legislature) x 12 units/max
  • $20 Health Services Fee
  • $1 Student Representation Fee
  • $27 Universal Transit Pass Fee (based on a 12 unit load)

Students are also encouraged to apply for Financial Aid (by completing the FAFSA application). Those who receive Financial Aid that covers all or part of their tuition/fees (including the Los Rios Promise or the California College Promise Grant) can use Rancho Cordova Promise funds to cover the remaining fees as well as textbooks and class materials purchased through the FLC College Store using a Rancho Cordova Promise issued coupon. (Please Note: Student is responsible for purchasing their own semester parking permit.)

Student must successfully pass (with a grade of "C" or better) 6 of their 12 unit Fall 2019 class load to receive funding for the Spring 2010 semester (maximum of $600).

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How do I apply?
The application period for funding for the 2019-20 academic year is November 1, 2018 - August 1, 2019. For more information on the application process, click here.

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I'm officially part of the Rancho Cordova Promise program. Now what?
You have enrolled in classes and are part of the Rancho Cordova Promise Program. What should you expect for the fall semester?

  • If you haven't completed all of the pre-enrollment steps (assessment, orientation, counseling), now is the time to do that.
  • If you haven't completed your FAFSA, we recommend you do. If approved, you'll have access to the funds to pay for any remaining fees as well as textbooks and class materials purchased in the FLC College Store.
  • If you're enrolled in more than 12 units, you'll see a balance due on your customer account in eServices. You'll be contacted after the semester starts when you can pay for those additional units.

If you need further assistance, please contact Christine Wurzer, Admissions & Records Supervisor, at wurzerc@flc.losrios.edu or (916) 608-6645.

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How is this program funded?
Community Enhancement Fund logoInitial funding was provided by the City of Rancho Cordova. The Rancho Cordova City Council allocated $100,000 from the Measure H Community Enhancement Fund (Fiscal Year 2016/2017) towards the Promise program. The Community Enhancement Fund is funded by Measure H, a ½ cent local sales tax measure that was approved by Rancho Cordova citizens in Nov. 2014 and provides locally-controlled funds for local priorities. The program's funding was renewed by the City Council in 2017/2018 for $150,000.

There is also a growing corporate matching program with an initial commitment from Dignity Health.

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How do I donate to the program?
Please contact Sally Howard, Director of Donor Relations, at howards@flc.losrios.edu or (916) 608-6643.

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Questions?
Please contact Christine Wurzer, Admissions & Records Supervisor, at wurzerc@flc.losrios.edu or (916) 608-6645.

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