Riverside City College Promise Program

Education opens minds, and possibilities. The RCC Promise program helps recent high school graduates remove a barrier to pursuing their further education — by making it affordable. Full-time students who hold to their “promise” receive free tuition (even if they’re not eligible for financial aid), support for textbooks and a dedicated community. Certain restrictions apply.  

HelpDesk

promise helpdesk logoThe helpdesk features live, in-person support and phone support throughout the week on Monday – Friday from 8 am-5 pm. The promise email is also available for a same-day response.

Hotline (951) 328-3820
Location MLK Building, Lobby 202
Email The.Promise@rcc.edu

Why Promise?

Free Tuition and Fees
Students who continue to meet the above eligibility criteria will have the Promise tuition and fee waiver applied to their Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer fees after the last day to drop classes has passed for each semester (10th week for Fall and Spring, 4th week for Winter and Summer).

$250 in Book Credit per Semester (Fall and Spring) 
Students who meet the above eligibility criteria will be granted the Promise book credit in the Fall and Spring Semester. Promise does not provide book credit during the Winter or Summer sessions.

Priority Registration
Students in the Promise program receive priority registration for up to during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, as long as they remain in good standing with the program. 

The Steps and Criteria to qualify for the 2022 Fall Cohort

To be eligible to the Promise program you need to: 

  • Graduate from a local (California graduates) high school in this current year 
  • Complete the required FAFSA or Dream Act application 
  • Be a California resident or eligible by your AB 540/Dream Act Status 
  • Complete the RCC Admissions Application 
  • Follow the Promise Program Eligibility Checklist to make sure you complete these applications successfully

Potential participants begin being processed in March. Invitation emails are sent out starting in April 1st until we hit the program’s capacity.

Recruitment for the program will end on June 15. 

If you do not receive an email regarding Promise within this timeline, please Contact Us.

Program Requirements

Fall 2021 Cohort-No longer open

  • Enroll and complete a full-time load (12 units or more) for Fall 2021*
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA or higher every term
  • Meet with a RCC Counselor to create your Student Educational Plan (SEP) by Nov. 1

*If you had an IEP, 504, medical diagnosis, psychiatric diagnosis, or are concerned about your academics and would like to continue receiving services through The Promise Program, please make sure to visit the DRC office as soon as possible. You can reach them via email at drc@rcc.edu.  Please take note if you have established DRC accommodations  and one of your accommodations includes a Unit Reduction, you will need to communicate with DRC and request that the DRC Unit Reduction accommodation be made accessible to The Promise Program via email at the.promise@rcc.edu.

RCC Promise Program Forms and Documents

Please read through the following Promise Policies.
If you are a new student, you are responsible for understanding the following Promise Program Policies.

  1. Active Status
    • Complete Promise Eligibility Checklist, complete RCC Promise Orientation, complete program contract, enroll full time (12 units or more in Fall/Spring and 3 units in Winter/Summer) and check your RCC email regularly.
  2. Maintaining Active Status in Promise
    • Students must enroll and successfully complete: a minimum of 12 units in the Fall and Spring semesters and 3 units in the Winter and Summer sessions* with a 2.5 GPA or higher each term. Evaluations will be made throughout the year to determine program eligibility . Students who do not meet program eligibility will no longer receive services. Suspension of services will be effective immediately after the student becomes ineligible.
  3. Enrollment
    • Full-time enrollment is a requirement for the program. Full-time status is equivalent to 12 units for Fall and Spring semesters and 3 units for Winter and Summer sessions for a total of 30 units per academic year*. Summer prior to start of program, Advanced Placement, or other college units earned prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester cannot be used to fulfill the full-time enrollment requirement.
  4. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • A minimum of a 2.5 GPA or higher is required each term to stay eligible in the Promise Program.
  5. Tuition and Fee Waiver
    • Tuition and Student Services fees will be covered each term after the 10th week of Fall and Spring semesters, and 4th week of Winter and Summer sessions. Tuition will be paid for students who stay in compliance with program requirements. Students will not be dropped from their courses for non-payment. Do not pay any outstanding balances during this time. If payment is made a reimbursement will be issued, but the time-frame for a reimbursements can be lengthy and is not recommended.
  6. Priority Registration
    • Priority registration is provided each term to students who maintain compliance with program requirements. Priority registration dates are limited to 3 days. Promise priority provides access to Riverside City College classes only. If the student misses their priority registration period, they must wait until their normal registration date to enroll in classes. Classes are not guaranteed after priority registration. However, it is the students responsibility to enroll in the required units, prior to the start of each term.
  7. Book Credit
    • Book credit will be provided Fall and Spring semester to students who stay in compliance with the program requirements. The book credit can only be used in the RCC Bookstore to purchase the required textbooks. Students will be required to provide a photo ID and class schedule at the time of purchase. The book credit will cover book rentals charges; however the student will need to provide a credit card at the time of purchase. The book credit will not cover rental fees associated with damage, late charges, or non-returns.
  8. Student Educational Plan (SEP) and Semester by Semester Plan (SBS)
    • SEP and SBS developed by an RCC Counselor are required to stay in compliance with the program. Students must develop and update their plans each year. Major changes must be reported to the Division Educational Advisor and a new SEP and Semester by Semester must be developed by a counselor to deter-mine eligibility for the program. Students must enroll in courses as prescribed on their educational plans.
  9. FAFSA/DREAM Application and Time in Program
    • Students must complete a FAFSA or DREAM application prior to the month of March each year they are in the program. Students who maintain eligibility requirements are offered two years in the program beginning in the Fall term. Eligible STEM and nursing students are offered three years in the program.
  10. Other Requirements
    • Students are strongly encouraged to participate in events, workshops, meetings, tutoring and other activities as promoted by the Promise Program. Academic success is more likely when students participate in campus activities, services, and supports beyond the classroom. We will promote activities and track student participation as applicable to meet program needs. Students should note that although non-participation in many events may not lead to program ineligibility, participation may become a criteria of eligibility if a student is not able to meet enrollment, GPA, SEP, or FAFSA requirements.

If you had an IEP, 504, medical diagnosis, psychiatric diagnosis, or are concerned about your academics and would like to continue receiving services through The Promise Program, please make sure to visit the DRC office as soon as possible. You can reach them via email at drc@rcc.edu. Please take note if you have established DRC accommodations and one of your accommodations includes a Unit Reduction, you will need to communicate with DRC and request that the DRC Unit Reduction accommodation be made accessible to The Promise Program via email at the.promise@rcc.edu.

Download PROGRAM POLICIES

​This petition is for students who encounter situations involving extenuating circumstances, or emergencies that may affect their educational records and fall outside the realm of normal college policy and procedure. Please read application throughly.

 PROMISE PROGRAM APPEAL

  1. What if I have a balance on my account? Should I pay my tuition and fees? 
    • Please be patient. The RCC Promise Program will send email notifications once your account has been cleared. Please do not make a payment until the last day to drop classes for each semester has passed and you have been notified by the Promise Program of your payment status.

       

    • If you have made a payment out of pocket and are eligible to continue in Promise, you will be issued a reimbursement after the Promise tuition and fee waiver has been applied. Reimbursments timeframe varies. Please email the.promise@rcc.edufor more information. Please refrain from paying out of pocket until you have received your Promise payment status email.

    • Please note: You will not be dropped from your classe​s for non-payment. 

  2. How do I use my book voucher? 
    • Promise students will recieve a confirmation email regarding their book credit status
    • Book credit can only be used in the RCC bookstore for textbooks
    • Students will need to bring in your RCC ID, Driver's License, or a state issued photo ID to purchase your books
    • Students need to bring a copy of your class schedule
    • The book credit will be applied at the time of purchase
    • Rental: Students will need a credit card to put on file to rent a textbook from the RCC bookstore. The Promise book credit will cover rental fees.
    • Norco or Moreno Valley textbooks: Student need to communicate with the RCC bookstore to request the textbook be sent here for purchase
    • If your book credit has not been established in the bookstore you must contact the Promise Program to determine your eligiblity at the.promise@rcc.edu