Financial Aid Office Hours
Fall
Mon – Thu: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Walk-in Hours
Tuesdays
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesdays
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Location:
1st floor, Student Services Center

Phone:
(714) 895-8394

Email:
For additional information,
please email us at
FinAid@gwc.cccd.edu

GOLDEN PROMISE PROGRAM


Golden West College is committed to the success of its students and wants to help them accelerate their education in order to start their career or transfer sooner. The Golden Promise Program provides eligible students free tuition for a year (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 semesters).

Eligibility Criteria

Students who meet all of the following criteria will be eligible to receive free tuition (until program capacity is reached) for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters:

  • First-time college student: Has not attended GWC or any other institution as a college student;
  • California resident: Must satisfy California residency requirements;
  • 12-unit enrollment: Enroll in 12 or more units at GWC;
  • Apply for financial aid: Complete one of the following applications. Please note, this program will cover your tuition if you do NOT qualify for the California Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG):

Program Requirements:

Eligible students whose application has been processed and confirmed must maintain the following requirements in order to continue to receive Spring 2019 tuition:

  • Maintain 12-units of enrollment
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 GPA and be in good standing

Helpful Links:

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Who is eligible for the Golden Promise Program?

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for Golden Promise Program:

  • First-time college student: Has not attended GWC or any other institution as a college student;
  • California resident: Must satisfy California residency requirements;
  • 12-unit enrollment: Enroll in 12 or more units at GWC;
  • Apply for financial aid: Complete one of the following applications. Please note, this program will cover your tuition if you do NOT qualify for the California Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG):

If I attended Golden West College during the Summer 2018 session as a first-time student, am I eligible for Golden Promise Program for the Fall 2018 semester?

Yes, as long as you meet all of the eligibility criteria and the Summer 2018 was your first semester of enrollment.

Will this program pay my tuition for the Spring 2019 semester?

Yes, upon availability of funding.  Students must still meet the following program requirements:

  • Complete a comprehensive Educational Plan by the end of the Fall 2018 semester
  • Maintain 12-unit enrollment
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 GPA and Good Standing

Will I be eligible if I am not a U.S. Citizen?

All GWC students who meet the program criteria and meet California residency requirements, including AB 540, are eligible regardless of their citizenship status. If you have completed your California Dream Act Application, contact Jessica Bravo at Dreamer@gwc.cccd.edu

I already paid for my tuition, do I receive a refund?

For qualifying students who have already paid their tuition, a refund will apply to their account after class census for Fall 2018 Semester. For qualifying students who have not paid their tuition, the Golden Promise Program will cover the cost for tuition.

What costs are covered by the Golden Promise Program?

This program will cover your first year of enrollment fees for 12 or more units ($46/unit), per semester. You will be responsible for playing the Health Fee ($20) and College Service Charge ($17) each semester. In addition, any fees outside of enrollment fees (books, supplies, transportation, living expenses, course material fees, etc.) will not be included at this time.

Do other scholarships and financial aid affect whether or not I receive free tuition?

If you receive a California Promise Grant or other tuition-free program, your enrollment fees will be paid through the grant or program. GWC Promise Program is an initiative designed to cover one year of tuition for full-time students who are enrolled in at 12-units who do not qualify for

California College Promise Grant (Previously known as Board of Governors fee waiver, BOG)*.

GWC scholarships awarded to students outside of federal or state financial aid will not affect the receipt of Golden Promise Program free tuition. Contact the Financial Aid Office at (714) 895-8394or FinAid@gwc.cccd.edu for more information about the cost of attendance.

*As of the Spring 2019 semester, participants from the following school districts will only be required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units to be considered for the Golden Promise Program.

  • Garden Grove Unified High School District
  • Huntington Beach Union High School District
  • Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Does the Golden Promise also cover summer school?

No, at this time, we will not be offering free tuition for the summer session.

How do I enroll as a full-time student at Golden West College?

The first step is to apply to the college as a first time college student. After your application has been processed, complete the online orientation on MyGWC and make an appointment to meet with Counselor to plan your semester. Don’t forget to apply for Financial Aid. For more information about enrolling, visit.

If you enroll in a part of term, or second 8 week class to earn full time status the Golden Promise Program will pay for all fees after the course census date (check your web schedule bill for specific census dates).

Who do I speak to if I have other questions?

​For more information about Golden Promise Program, contact the Mark Long at mlong19@gwc.cccd.edu

For more information regarding submitting a FAFSA or California Dream Act, contact the Financial Aid Office at (714) 895-8394 or FinAid@gwc.cccd.edu.

For more information regarding enrolling at GWC, contact Admissions and Records by coming into the Student Services Center or calling (714) 895-8306.

Office Hours

Financial Aid Office Hours
Fall
Mon – Thu: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Walk-in Hours
Tuesdays
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesdays
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Location:
1st floor, Student Services Center

Phone:
(714) 895-8394

Email:
For additional information,
please email us at
FinAid@gwc.cccd.edu

Questions? Contact us at mlong19@gwc.cccd.edu