The Hancock Promise Proves Successful in its Inaugural Year

More than 1,400 local students received The Hancock Promise last fall

JANUARY 15, 2019--As current Allan Hancock College Promise students gear up for their second tuition and fee-free semester, college officials are assessing the success of the program’s inaugural fall 2018 semester. More than 1,400 local students received The Hancock Promise – more recent graduates from local high schools than ever before. In the Promise’s first semester, the college saw an increase of nearly 500 first-time high school graduates.

College representatives are thrilled.

“The success of The Promise has exceeded our expectations with the number of local students who are participating in The Promise program,” said AHC Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Nohemy Ornelas. “We are so excited to be able to have a program like The Promise available to students in our community. For many, The Promise has opened up educational opportunities that may have not been an option.”

The Hancock Promise removes financial barriers and creates pathways to increase college readiness, access, affordability, and success for all students and their families.

The enrollment of first-time high school graduates at Hancock increased at nearly all local high schools this past fall. The following schools saw these increases in the numbers of students attending: Santa Ynez 56 students (124 percent increase); Delta 100 students (79 percent increase); Pioneer Valley 362 students (60 percent increase); Righetti 269 students (57 percent increase); Cabrillo 143 students (46 percent increase); Lompoc 148 students (45 percent increase); St. Joseph 30 students (43 percent increase); Orcutt Academy 82 students (34 percent increase); and Santa Maria 296 students (21 percent increase).

Promise students enjoy the benefits of saving at least $1,200 over the course of a year, signing up for classes early with priority registration, setting an academic plan for success, and receiving personalized counseling, tutoring, and other support services.

In order to be eligible for the 2019-20 academic year, students must complete financial aid applications, like the FAFSA or Dream Act. Currently, a total of 633 Pioneer Valley High School seniors (51.1 percent of its senior population) have completed the FAFSA, ranking the school as a top 10 FAFSA completer for its student population size.

Students must also register for a minimum of 12 units in both the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters at Hancock, maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the fall, and complete at least one English and one math class during the first year, if required for their major. Students who are home schooled or complete a GED or a HiSET credential through an adult education program within the district and immediately enroll in the summer or fall term are eligible to receive The Promise. Students planning to attend Hancock in the fall of 2019 can apply now and register for courses beginning May 8. The semester starts August 19.

The Hancock Promise is made possible through the generosity of community leaders, local businesses, community foundations, organizations, and donors. In December 2017, the Allan Hancock College Foundation launched a $10 million endowment campaign designed to ensure, in perpetuity, that all qualifying students have the opportunity to attend college. To date, more than $3.5 million has been committed to The Hancock Promise from local Promise partners.

- AHC -

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Last Modified Jan 17, 2019