Columbia College Promise Application 2019/2020

The Columbia College Promise is designed to remove the economic barriers to education for graduating seniors from public Tuolumne County High Schools or Bret Harte High School in Calaveras County. Eligible schools included are:
  • Sonora Union High School District (including Sonora High, Cassina High, and Ted Byrd High)
  • Summerville Union High School District (including Summerville High, Connections Academy, Gold Rush Charter School, Long Barn High, South Fork High, Cold Springs High, and Mountain High School)
  • Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District (including Tioga High and Don Pedro High)
  • Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Alternative Education
  • Bret Harte High School (including John Vierra High and Vallecito High)
  • Mountain Oaks Charter School (limited to graduates who live in Tuolumne County or the Bret Harte High School District in Calaveras County)
The Columbia College Promise covers Columbia College enrollment fees for up to 30 units in the first academic year after high school ($46/unit cost of classes) and the Columbia College Activity Fee, Health Fee, Student Representation Fee, and Student Center Fees, after receipt of any applicable state financial assistance. 

The Columbia College Promise does not cover individual course material fees, test or certification expenses, books, parking, or other individual course expenses. 

Eligibility CriteriaTo be eligible for the Columbia College Promise you must:
1. Be a resident of Tuolumne County or the Bret Harte High School District who will graduate from a qualifying school in June 2019 or who earns a GED in the 2018-19 academic year (Fall 2018 through Summer 2019).
2. For 2018-19, graduates of high school or GED programs who meet the above requirement MUST enroll in the fall immediately following graduation.

Required Steps to Qualify
1. Apply to Columbia College via CCC Apply (cccapply.org).
2. Complete the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov) or AB540 students complete the 2019/2020 Dream Act Application (www.caldreamact.org).
3. Complete the Columbia College Promise Application.
4. Complete the Columbia College online orientation.
5. Complete first semester educational plan with a Columbia College Counselor.
6.  Enroll in and maintain 12 or more units at Columbia College for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 (If needed, up to one Modesto Jr. College course each semester can be included in the 12 plus units).
7. Submit official high school transcripts to Columbia College Admissions with proof of graduation, or GED, by August 26, 2019.
8. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester.
9. Within Fall 2019 semester, complete a comprehensive educational plan with a Columbia College Counselor.
 
Application Timeline: Highest priority will be given to students who complete Required Steps 1-5 by May 20, 2019. The last day Columbia College Promise Applications will be accepted is August 19, 2019, and all required steps must be completed by the first day of the Fall 2019 semester – August 26th. 

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* 1. Columbia College Student ID number or last four digits of your Social Security number.

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* 2. Date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

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* 3. First name

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* 4. Middle name

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* 5. Last name

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* 6. Mailing address

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* 7. City

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* 8. State

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* 9. Zip code

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* 10. Personal email (not high school email)

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* 11. Contact Phone

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* 12. Please provide the following information:

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* 14. If GED, what date did/will you receive it?

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* 15. How did you hear about Columbia College Promise?

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* 16. In order to be considered for the Columbia College Promise, you must complete  the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov) and submit all required documents. If you are not eligible to file a FAFSA, but are a non-resident who meets certain criteria per State Law AB540, you will need to fill out an application for the Dream Act (www.caldreamact.org).

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* 17. Columbia College Information Sharing

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* 18. Acknowledgement:

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* 19. By typing my name below, I certify that the information I have submitted is true, complete and correct:

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* 20. Nondiscrimination Compliance

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