Pasadena City College Refocuses its Tuition-Free PCC Promise Program

Published : Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 6:14 AM

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In an effort to continue its strong commitment to the community and provide greater financial relief to in-district students, Pasadena City College officials said the institution is refocusing its tuition-free program known as the PCC Promise.

Building off of the recently passed AB 19, the California College Promise, which covers the cost for first-year students’ tuition, PCC will reinvest its dollars into a program focused on completion.

Starting this upcoming Fall 2018 semester, the PCC Promise will be available to any student that has graduated from an in-district high school, has completed 30 degree applicable units, and is committed to taking two additional consecutive semesters with at least twelve units per semester.

“California Community Colleges have been extremely competent in providing access, but completion has not kept pace with access. The new PCC Promise will be used to ensure academic completion, and at a minimum cost to our students,” said Superintendent-President Dr. Rajen Vurdien.

Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees President Dr. Anthony Fellow is excited by the PCC Promise revamp, “PCC’s dedication to refocusing the Promise Program toward degree completion will truly benefit our students. The program’s emphasis on achievement encourages goal completion while helping to ease our students’ financial burden.”

About Pasadena City College
Since 1924, Pasadena City College ( has provided the San Gabriel Valley with a high-quality, innovative learning environment that inspires student success. Our academic programs encompass a variety of degrees, transfer programs, certificates of achievement, and occupational skills certificates that challenge students and support progress towards their goals. Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC is one of California’s top schools for transfers to local universities, including the CSU and UC system, USC, Art Center College of Design, Caltech, and more.
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