Hancock Promise - First Year Free at AHC!

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The Hancock Promise is a new program to provide high school graduates with the opportunity to get their first year of tuition for free at Allan Hancock College. The program removes financial barriers and creates pathways to increase college readiness, access, affordability, and success for all students and their families. The Hancock Promise begins Summer 2018, and is open to all students who enroll at Hancock immediately after graduating from a high school located in the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District. 

Benefits for students include:

  • Save more than $1,200 in tuition and fees during first year at Allan Hancock College
  • Register for classes early with priority registration
  • Set an academic plan for success with personalized counseling
  • Receive free tutoring and other academic support services

Complete this checklist to start your first year free at Allan Hancock College! 

  1.  Apply to Allan Hancock College

Select summer 2018 if you will begin in the summer (June). Select fall 2018 if you will begin in fall (August).

To complete the information on the application you will need:

  • A copy of your current high school transcript
  • Your social security number, if you have one
  • An email address


You will be given a student ID number (H#).  This number will be used throughout your time at Hancock.
You may want to write it down!

  2.  Complete the Online FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Fafsa website imageOctober 2, 2017 - May 1, 2018

Complete the FAFSA

Complete the CA Dream Act if you are a Dream Act student. 

If you need assistance, attend a Cash for College workshop. Once received, the Financial Aid office will begin to process your application. Please check the Financial Aid tab in your myHancock student portal to see if you have any “unsatisfied requirements,” if so, click on the link and follow the instructions.

  3.  Complete the Online Orientation

Fafsa website imageOctober 2, 2017 - May 1, 2018

To complete the online orientation, log on to myHancock. On the Student tab select Online Orientation

  4.  English and Math Placement

DegreeworksOctober 2, 2017 - February 1, 2018

Your English and math placement will be determined by one of the following options:

  • Your high school GPA and successful completion of 11th or 12th grade English and math course(s) or
  • Completion of Hancock’s START placement test

Your highest placement will be used.  To see your placement in English and math, log on to myHancock, select the Student tab and click My DegreeWorks.

  5.  Complete your First-Year Plan

February 1, 2018- May 1, 2018

Attend a Promise Educational Planning Workshop where you will meet with a counselor to create your first-year plan. The counseling team will make sure you get off to a good start! Bring a copy of your current high school transcript. 

Register for a Promise Educational Planning Workshop

It is required to pre-register for this workshop since seating is limited. 

Congratulations! By completing the first five steps you are now a Promise student!
Keep going! 

You may check your Promise award by logging in to myHancock. Go to your Financial Aid tab and select Award. It may take a couple days after completing this step to see the status update. Once you have confirmed your Promise status, you can go on to the next step and register for classes. 

  6.  Register for your Classes

Promise Priority Registration Begins May 2, 2018

screenshot of myHancockBe sure to complete steps 1-5 before registering for summer or fall classes. When you register, have your first-year plan available. Go to the My Registration on the Student Tab in myHancock. 

How to Register Online PDF

Go to myHancock to Register

For questions contact Admissions and Records at 805-922-6966 ext. 3248. 

  7.  Complete your Student Education Plan

Complete during spring 2019 semester

An SEP is a comprehensive semester-by-semester plan in DegreeWorks listing all courses you will need to complete in order to reach your educational goals.  To schedule your SEP appointment, call Counseling at 805-922-6966 ext.3293. 

Welcome to Allan Hancock College!


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"Education is a gift that none can take away." 
- American Proverb

For more information:
Email : promise@hancockcollege.edu
Phone Number: (805) 347-7550

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Last Modified Jan 9, 2018