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Yuba College Promise

A gray area exists for students who do not qualify for financial assistance, but still do not earn enough to comfortably afford the cost of college tuition. 

In an effort to address the gap, starting in the Fall 2018 semester, the Yuba College Promise program will pay tuition for new, full-time Yuba College students for up to two semesters. The program, which utilizes funds from legislation which established the California College Promise, is extended to students who earned college units while still in high school. 

“This is the promise envisioned to support all those students who did not qualify for the former BOG (Board of Governor’s) waiver,” said G.H. Javaharipour, president of Yuba College. “We are pleased that through the California College Promise that Yuba College will be able to provide all students with access to quality education.” 
In a ceremony declaring the Yuba College Promise announcement on Wednesday, Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Bal Dhillon and Yuba County Superintendent of Schools Francisco Reveles championed the new program alongside Javaharipour and various district superintendents.  
“This opens the doors of higher education and provides an opportunity for our middle class students,” Dhillon said in a conversation on Thursday. “I am excited for these families and to be a part of a program that encourages furthering one’s education.”
Dhillon also expressed support for requirements stipulated for community colleges that receive funds under the California College Promise, which she said will strengthen the pipelines between educational institutions.   
Included in the legislation signed into law in October 2017, are requirements that: community colleges are required to partner with one or more local educational agencies to establish an early commitment to college program; support and improve high school student preparation for college through efforts such as concurrent enrollment while in high school; and maximize student access to need-based financial aid sources like Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Cal Grant or Dream Act applications.  
Javaharipour said roughly 70 percent of the student body at Yuba College qualify for the California College Promise Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governor’s fee waiver, which pays tuition for students who fall under a certain income level.
For a family of four, the threshold for receiving the College Promise Grant is $18,090 for a single adult, while it is $36,900 for a family of four. 
The Yuba College Promise specifically targets the remaining 30 percent of the population who report incomes above the waiver threshold and who are new, full-time students (12 units plus) at the college, Javaharipour said. 
The current cost per unit at a community college is $46. The Yuba College Promise does not cover health fees, course material and no direct cash disbursements will occur for those who qualify.
Javaharipour said the Yuba College Promise currently has the funding to run the program for one year, but that they are working on extending it for another year.