The Hancock Promise

Hancock Promise, first year free at AHCThe Hancock Promise is a program that provides high school graduates with the opportunity to get their first year tuition free at Allan Hancock College. The Promise is a four-phase process that provides continuous support and guidance from elementary school through college.  The Promise removes financial barriers and creates pathways to increase college readiness, access, affordability, and success for all students and their families. The program was launched in 2018.

Students, who graduate from a high school within the district and immediately enroll in the fall semester at Allan Hancock College, are eligible to receive their first year free of tuition and fees. The Allan Hancock Joint Community College District covers northern Santa Barbara County and Cuyama Valley.

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 


  • Enroll at Hancock directly after graduating from a high school located within the district (Includes public, charter, private or home schools)
  • Complete financial aid applications
  • Register for a minimum of 12 units in both fall and spring semesters at Hancock
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the fall in order to be eligible for the Promise in the spring semester
  • Complete one math and one English class during first year at Hancock 

If you are interested in becoming a Promise student at Allan Hancock College, please complete the required steps by the appropriate deadlines.

For more information, email or call 805-347-7550. 

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Last Modified Sep 16, 2019