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Golden Promise Program (GPP)

Golden West College is committed to the success of its students and wants to help them accelerate their education to start their career or transfer to a four-year institution within the two-year timeframe. The Golden Promise Program provides eligible students free tuition, free textbooks, free parking pass, and waives other fees. The program is currently offered to eligible students for up to two academic years if funding is available.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled full-time (12+ units)
  • CA Resident/AB540
  • Submitted FAFSA or Dream Act Application & completed financial aid paperwork
  • 1st time in college, 2nd year GPP recipient, or only eligible for the CA Promise Grant (BOG), but not receiving any other aid.

I. 1st time college students receive free tuition, free textbooks, free parking pass, and other fees are waived

II. Students who have previously received the Golden Promise Program for the 2019-2020 school year can continue to receive the award for 2020-2021! They must meet SAP and all eligibility criteria.

  • Must have been awarded the GPP in both semesters for the 19-20 school year and maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Students must have a 20-21 FAFSA or Dream Act application filed and completed
  • Award Letter with instructions will be emailed to your student email account once your financial aid file is complete

III. Returning or continuing students who have never received the Golden Promise Program award (Students who are receiving the fee waiver but not receiving other grants) qualify for free textbooks, free parking pass, and other fees are waived

  • Award Letter with instructions will be emailed to your student email account once your financial aid file is complete

Receiving the Funds

Students must have a BankMobile account setup and have selected their refund preference. Students can access the link to set up their preferences through their MyGWC account. Once logged in, the link can be accessed on the GWC Home tab.

Tuition and fees will be posted to student accounts after census. You do not have to pre-pay your fees; a hold that prevents you from being dropped for non-payment while your award is being processed will be placed on your account. However, if you paid your fees in advance, you will receive a refund.

Have questions? Email the Golden Promise Coordinator, Berlin Valencia, at bvalencia8@gwc.cccd.edu

Golden Promise FAQs

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