California Promise scholarships available again at FRC

When Feather River College learned there would be additional funding to help increase student successes and course-completion rates this year, the college knew just how to best use those dollars.

Thanks to California Assembly Bill 19, Plumas County’s community college is expanding its own FRC Promise Scholarship to provide free tuition to all first-time, full-time California resident students.

The FRC Promise Scholarship waives California enrollment fees ($46 per unit) for new, first-time, full-time Feather River College students who are not eligible for the California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver) and/or the Federal Pell Grant. The 2019-20 state budget authorized districts to cover a second year of enrollment fees for qualifying students.

AB 19 gave colleges “some flexibility,” said Carlie McCarthy, FRC’s Chief of Student Services. She added that last year, most California community colleges chose to use the funding for “free tuition” for first-time, full-time, California residents.

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The FRC Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar award.

Between the three financial aid programs of the Promise Scholarship, the Federal Pell Grant and/or the California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver), all first-time, full-time, California-resident students are eligible to have their tuition covered.

“With the increase in funding, like many other community colleges, we have chosen to expand the Promise Scholarship to cover tuition for a second year,” McCarthy said.I have been working with our financial aid staff to expand our online resources and we are happy to talk to any students who may be interested in these or other financial options.”

Promise Scholarship eligibility

Who is eligible for the Promise Scholarship?

All first-time students, second-year students, or students who earned college units while participating in concurrent enrollment and/or dual enrollment while in high school.

In addition, eligible students must also:

– Be California residents or AB540 eligible.

  Have completed a FAFSA (financial aid application) or a California Dream Act application.

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– Be enrolled in 12 or more units per semester.

– Meet with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) and complete FRC’s new student orientation.

What is covered exactly?

According to the college, the FRC Promise Scholarship covers California enrollment fees. However, it does not cover a student’s health fees ($18/fall and spring; $15 for summer) or transit fees  ($1.50/unit).

Are books, supplies and other course materials covered?

FRC says no, the Promise Scholarship only covers tuition but students can inquire with the CalWorks, EOPS, TRiO and Student Equity to learn about these programs and assistance with books and/or supplies.

For more information, call FRC at 283-0200 or see their FAQ details at www.frc.edu/financialaid/frc-promise-scholarship-program.