California Promise Programs

Funded through AB19/2, Evergreen Valley College has established the following programs to assist in the retention and timely completion of our students.

First 2 Free

Financial Aid applicants, who do not qualify for the CA Promise Grant but submitted a FAFSA or Cal Dream Application, may be eligible to get their fees covered for two years if they meet the following criteria:

  • Application processed by the first day of the fall semester.
  • Plan to enroll full-time for both fall and spring semesters
  • New/first time student
  • California resident or eligible for non-resident exemption
  • Expected Family Contribution is lower than $400,000*
  • Priority given to recent high school graduates

Eligible students will be awarded the California Promise Enrollment Grant after the semester census date+.  The enrollment fee of $46 per unit will be covered up to a maximum of $690 (15 units) per semester. The enrollment status of full time for the term will be established at census. Enrollment changes after census will not affect the award.

This award is only for the first two years of attendance and students must start in the fall semester. Students who are eligible for the first year, must reapply for financial aid the following year to determine eligibility for the 2nd year.

Books and Supplies Grant

Students who applied for Financial Aid and awarded a CA Promise Grant, but do not qualify for a Pell Grant, may be eligible for a Books and Supplies Grant of up to $500 each semester each award year if they meet the following criteria:

  • Application processed by our priority deadline.
  • Registered as a Full-Time Student
  • California Resident or eligible for Non-Resident exemption.
  • Expected Family Contribution between $5847 and $15,000*.
  • Priority given to new EVC students.

Retention Grant

In conjunction with Special Programs who support at-risk students, including but not limited to Foster Youth, AB540 and 1st generation college students, the Financial Aid Office has established Retention Grants of up to $500^ for students who meet certain eligibility requirements, including:

  • Financial Aid Application on File (FAFSA or Cal Dream)
  • Educational Plan on File
  • Enrolled in 6 or more units during primary terms
  • Experiencing Financial Hardship
  • On track to graduate or transfer 

Financial Aid Ambassador Program

The mission of the FASD Ambassador Program is to provide paid opportunities to student leaders who will assist Evergreen Valley College students, High School Partners and Community Organizations with Financial Aid Awareness and Student Development through Student Engagement, to enhance Student Success.  The program brings together a diverse group of students who have a passion for helping others navigate their way through the financial aid process, while promoting community and campus involvement to support retention/completion. 

You can find more information about the Ambassador Program here.


*Students with higher EFC's may be awarded the Enrollment or Books and Supplies Grant, if funding allows.

+ Students who pay for their enrollment fees prior to census will receive their grant for reimbursement 

   via their Refund Selection picked through BankMobile. 

^The Financial Aid Office has discretion to increase or decrease this award based on available funding.

How Can these Promise Programs Help Me?

  1. ​​Your first and second year enrollment fees will be covered, up to 15 units per semester. 

  2. Referrals to support services and programs to help you get off to a great start and complete your goals in a timely manner.

  3. Full-time enrollment allows you graduate or transfer quicker.

  4. Books and Supplies Grants can help you with the high cost of your textbooks and required supplies.

Steps To Apply

If you have questions about the program, please contact our Financial Aid Program Assistant. 

Phone: (408) 223-6791

​E-mail is the preferred contact method.

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