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Promise Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the 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 Promise program. Now what?
How is this program funded? 
How will the proposed California College Promise (AB 19)  affect funding?
How do I donate to the program?
Questions?

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What are the benefits of the Promise program?

The 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, 2017 - June 30, 2018. (Note: High school location does not need to be in Rancho Cordova.)
  3. Enroll in Folsom Lake College for the Fall 2018 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?
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 Promise student will be awarded up to $579 towards their Fall 2018 semester, which includes:

  • Tuition/enrollment fee of $46/unit (as determined by California Legislature) x 12 units/max
  • $1 Student Representation Fee
  • $25.20 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 can use Promise funds for textbooks and class materials purchased through the FLC College Store using a 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 2018 class load to receive funding for the Spring 2019 semester (maximum of $579).

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How do I apply?
The application period for funding for the 2018-19 academic year is February 1 - March 31, 2018. For more information on the application process, click here.

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I'm officially part of the Promise program. Now what?
You have enrolled in classes and are part of the 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 applied for the California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver), we recommend you do. If approved, you'll have access to the funds for textbooks in the 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 will the proposed California College Promise (AB19) affect funding?
Although funding for the implementation of this program is included in the Governor's 2018-19 budget proposal, a final decision on funding has not yet been made. If/when this is included in the final budget, more information will be provided to the participants in the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise program regarding how their  Rancho Cordova Promise funds may be used.

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How do I donate to the program?
Please contact Sally Howard, Director of College Advancement, 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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