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What is the California Promise Program?
The California College Promise Grant and the California Promise are separate programs. The California Promise program is intended to help make college affordable to all students, support the goals in the vision for success, strengthen guided pathways, and encourage innovation. The rising cost of education is on the minds of many families as they worry about going into debt. The California Promise is a great way for families to consider another path to obtaining a college degree. With this program, if a student enrolls to attend a California Community College, is a full-time student, and submits their financial aid application (FAFSA or Dream Act), they will be considered a California Promise student. You will be granted two years of college for FREE.
What is the California Promise Grant?
For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Promise Grant permits enrollment fees to be waived.
What is TAG?
TAG stands for Transfer Admission Guarantee and is a program that offers students from a community college guaranteed admission to several colleges and universities. You must meet certain requirements and deadlines and in some cases, fill out a contract. Six UC campuses offer guaranteed admission to California community college students who meet specific requirements. By participating in a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, students may receive an early review of their academic records, early admission notification, and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.
The TAG matrix [PDF] provides a list of the UC campuses participating in this program, along with eligibility criteria and campus-specific notes.
What is an Associate Degree for Transfer?
Associate degrees for transfer (also called ADTs or transfer degrees) are designed to provide a clear pathway for California community college students to California State University (CSU) degrees. California community college students who earn an associate degree for transfer are guaranteed admission with junior standing to select CSU campuses and are given priority admission consideration over the other transfer students. Students who have completed a transfer degree in a major deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete the remaining requirements at that CSU within 60 units after transfer. For more information, speak to your counselor.
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