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 has been filling area graduates with promise since the summer of 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. Students who are home schooled or completed their GED through a local adult education program within the district (GED and HiSET graduates) are also eligible.

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.  Complete the Online Admission Application
  • A copy of your current high school transcript.
    Placement for math and English is based on high school GPA
  • 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 imageComplete the FAFSA
Complete the CA Dream Act if you are a Dream Act student. 

To complete the information on these applications you will need: 

  • Tax returns
  • Your Social Security Number, if you have one. 
  • Parents'/legal guardian birthdate information. 
  • Student's personal email address. 
  • Parents'/legal guardian's email address. 

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.

Please check the My Financial Aid section in your myHancock student portal to see if you have any "unsatisfied requirements"; if so, click on the link and follow the instructions. Call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3200 if you have any questions regarding financial aid. 

  3.  Complete the Online Orientation

October - May

To complete the online orientation, log on to myHancock. Select the Online Orientation icon. 


  4.  Attend an Education Planning Workshop

February - May

Attend an Educational Planning Workshop where you will meet with a counselor to create your first-year plan using DegreeWorks. 

  • Bring a copy of your current high school transcript to the workshop. 
  • Seating is limited. Preregistration is required. Click link below to register

Register for a workshop

Congratulations! By completing steps 1-4 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. 

  5.  Register for your Classes

Promise Priority Registration Begins in May

Be 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 Register/Add/Drop under the Registration tab.  

Video Help: How to Register for a Class at Hancock

Go to myHancock to Register

For questions contact Admissions and Records at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3248. 

  6.  Complete your Student Education Plan

Complete during spring 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 online, go to our counseling page or call 1-805-922-6966 ext.3293. 

Welcome to Allan Hancock College!


More Information

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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 Apr 22, 2019