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YC Promise is a financial aid program offering Yavapai County residents who complete their high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) in 2019 an opportunity to earn a tuition-free degree at Yavapai College, if they complete the degree by July 29, 2021.

Learn all about the YC Promise here


How to Sign up for the YC Promise:


  1. Apply to Yavapai College
  2. Login to the myYC Portal with your new login. If our records indicate that you may be eligible, you will automatically receive an alert to signup for the YC Promise Program or you can click on 'YC Promise' under the Student menu in the myYC portal.

If you earned credits through Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment, CLEP, JTED, or Advanced Placement (AP) while in high school, these will likely help you complete your degree more quickly!

Learn about the Full-Time Student Discount which allows any full-time student to take credits 13-15 for FREE!



What is the YC Promise?

The Yavapai College Promise Scholarship Program (“YC Promise”) was approved by the Yavapai College District Governing Board in February of 2019. This program is a promise to make earning a college degree affordable for students who complete a degree within two years (7 consecutive semesters). To clearly define the YC Promise Scholarship, the Administration of Yavapai College has adopted the following rules.

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YC Promise is a financial aid program offering Yavapai County residents who complete their high school diploma or Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) in 2019 an opportunity to earn a tuition-free degree at Yavapai College, if they complete the degree by 7/29/21. It provides eligible students a last dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition not otherwise covered by Federal, State, Yavapai College, or other 3rd party (egs. high school, Yavapai College Foundation, Tribe, employer) grants, discounts, or scholarships.


  • Provides tuition reimbursement when eligible students complete their degree by 07/29/2021
  • Does not reimburse other related expenses including, but not limited to, books, course and program fees, or other cost of living expenses such as transportation, food, and housing
  • Reimburses eligible students for the tuition they paid to Yavapai College after all other gift aid has been credited toward tuition. "Gift aid" is defined as Federal, State, Yavapai College, or 3rd party grants, discounts or scholarships.In other words, Yavapai College will reimburse qualified students for any out of pocket expenses they incurred to pay for Yavapai College tuition.
  • When the student completes an Associate Degree, the YC Promise Scholarship will reimburse up to 61 credits of the tuition paid by the student.
    • Courses must have been paid for by the student or the student’s family, not any other source including Federal Government, State Government, Yavapai College, or other 3rd party (e.g., Yavapai College Foundation, high school, Tribe, employer)
    • Courses must have been taken at YC (reimbursement does not apply for transfer credits)
    • No reimbursements for repeated courses
    • No reimbursements for Developmental Education credits
    • Credits are reimbursed at the rate paid, not the current rate
    • Aerospace Science majors and courses are not eligible (including Fixed Wing, Rotor, Unmanned, and Air Traffic)
  • Students are responsible to pay all their expenses up front (tuition and fees, books, cost of living). Payment plan options are available. See yc.edu/bills

Student Eligibility

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  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Be eligible for in-state status for tuition purposes as defined by Arizona Law and Yavapai College.
  • Graduate from a Yavapai County high school, home school program, or online high school if the student’s primary residence is within Yavapai County. The college may request you to provide documentation of this information.
  • The program is available to students who complete their high school diploma after May 1, 2019 or who complete their GED through Yavapai College's Adult Basic Education program after January 1, 2019.
  • Complete the YC Promise Scholarship award application at www.yc.edu/ycpromise no later than October 1st, 2019.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), by November 1st for Academic Year 2019-20.

This is a promise from Yavapai College to make earning a college degree affordable for students who complete a degree within two years
(7 consecutive semesters).


Program Requirements

It cannot be emphasized enough that each phase of the YC Promise will require students to complete their requirements, and failure to do so will result in loss of the Scholarship. The primary responsibility to meet requirements falls with the student. 

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Once in the program, students must do the following to retain their scholarship:

  • Must maintain a minimum term and cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • Maintain financial aid eligibility
  • Attend a mandatory meeting each semester with an academic advisor to help select courses that will allow you to meet your academic goals.
  • Successfully complete STU101 or STU150 by 12/31/19
  • Take one English and one Math course each semester until your degree requirements are met
  • Must earn 30 credits in their program of study by the end of the summer of 2020.
  • Complete the degree by 07/29/2021
    • The 7 semester timeline begins in Summer semester of 2019.
  • Students accepted into the Nursing or Radiologic Technology program must complete their degree by 12/31/2022
  • Renew your FAFSA by February 15th every year that you are in the YC Promise program.
  • Pay all monies owed to YC, with no outstanding balances by the end of each term.

Other Rules and Regulations

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  • Comply with United States Selective Service System requirements for registration, if such requirements are applicable to the student.
  • Comply with federal drug-free rules and laws for receiving financial assistance and not be incarcerated.
  • Not be in default on a federal Title IV or Arizona educational loan and not owe a refund on a federal Title IV or an Arizona student financial aid program.
  • If a student requires an accommodation for disability-related reasons that limits the amount of credits they can take in a given semester, they should work with the Yavapai College Department of Disability Resources to see if the degree completion deadline can be extended.
  • Meet the following criteria to be granted a personal or medical leave of absence from the scholarship program:

    Allowable medical or personal reasons may include serious illness of the student; serious illness or death of an immediate family member; extreme financial hardship of the student or student’s immediate family as defined in the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); fulfillment of a religious commitment encouraged of members of that faith; fulfillment of required military service; or other extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control where attendance by the student creates a substantial hardship. In the event an institution denies a student’s request for a medical or personal leave of absence, the student may appeal the decision in accordance with these rules.

Timeline

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Glossary of Terms

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Associate's degree: An undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years or 60 credits.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): A form that must be completed in order to qualify for any type of governmental financial aid for higher education. Must be completed once a year by the YC Promise deadline.


Good Academic standing: Maintaining a 2.0 (“C” letter grade) average or better.


Financial Aid Eligibility: Successfully completing at least 66 percent of credits attempted. For example, if you sign-up for five 3-credit courses (15 credits) in a semester, you must finish at least nine of those credits with at least a “C” or better to maintain eligibility.


Last-dollar scholarship: A last-dollar scholarship is institutional funds used to pay the remaining tuition and mandatory fees after Federal, State, high school, Yavapai College Foundation, and Yavapai College grants, discounts, and scholarships have been applied toward the price of tuition.


Mandatory timeframe: Students must complete degree within 2 years (7 semesters) of graduating from high school or earning a GED. Nursing and Radiologic Technician students must complete the degree within 3 years (10 semesters) of graduating from high school or earning a GED.

FAQ

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Student Eligibility and Requirements


Who is eligible for the YC Promise?

Any high-school senior graduating from a Yavapai County high school, home school program, or online high school (if the student’s primary residence is within Yavapai County) who will receive their high school diploma between May 1 and August 19, 2019, or who complete their GED at Yavapai College between January 1 and August 19, 2019.


Do non-U.S. citizens and non-residents qualify for the YC Promise?

No – to be eligible, 1) students must be able to complete the FAFSA and possess a valid Social Security number; and 2) students must qualify for in-state status for tuition purposes.


How do students sign-up for the YC Promise?

Students must first have applied and been accepted to Yavapai College before they can sign-up for the YC Promise. Once accepted, students can login to the myYC portal where they will be automatically prompted to sign-up if they meet the YC Promise eligibility requirements.


How long after high school graduation do students have to be eligible for the YC Promise?

To be eligible for the YC Promise, a student must have received their high school diploma or GED in the applicable timeframe, applied to and registered for classes no later than the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester, and signed up for the YC Promise by 10/1/19.


Are GED recipients eligible for the YC Promise?

Yes. Students who have completed their GED at Yavapai College between January 1 and August 19, 2019, are eligible for the YC Promise.


What other scholarships are available for students who are not eligible for the YC Promise?

Additional scholarships are available, and can be found at www.yc.edu/scholarships. YC is also offering a new 20% discount to all full time students taking 15 credits. (Students must be eligible for in-state tuition.)


How do students renew the scholarship?

Once in the program, students must meet all program requirements until completion of their associate’s degree. If any single one of the requirements is not met, the student will be dropped from the YC Promise program and will not be eligible for tuition reimbursement.


What happens if a student does not meet one of the requirements?

If a student does not meet one of the requirements, they will be dropped from the YC Promise program and will not be eligible for tuition reimbursement. The good news? The student will be able to continue their path to obtain their degree, and may be eligible for other scholarships, but will no longer be eligible for the YC Promise scholarship. Moreover, courses at YC cost roughly one quarter of what the same courses cost at Arizona’s four-year universities—so students who earn an associate’s degree at YC saved up to $14,000 even without the Yavapai Promise scholarship!


Funding


How does the last-dollar scholarship work?

The YC Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that reimburses students for any out-of-pocket tuition cost after federal, state, YC, or other 3rd party grants, discounts, or scholarships have been applied.


What does the YC Promise reimburse?

The YC Promise only reimburses out-of-pocket tuition costs. Books, living expenses, transportation, meal plans, and any other academic program fees are not reimbursed by the YC Promise.


When can I get my reimbursement?

Students will be reimbursed for their out-of-pocket tuition costs within 30 days of graduating with their associate’s degree from Yavapai College. The funds will be distributed via ACH or a mailed check to the student’s address on file.


Institutions and Programs


What academic programs are eligible for the YC Promise?

All academic programs leading to a degree are eligible for reimbursement, with the exception of YC’s aerospace science program (including fixed wing, rotor, unmanned, and air traffic concentrations).


What classes are eligible for the YC Promise?

The first 61 credits of classes taken at YC are reimbursable, with the exception of aerospace, developmental, and repeated classes. Classes will be reimbursed at the rate which was originally paid by the student (not the current rates).


Can the YC Promise be used toward a four-year degree?

Yes! Many of the courses you take while earning your associate’s degree will count toward a bachelor’s degree. How many courses will count? That depends on which program you are studying and where you plan to transfer. Please share your goals when you meet with your Academic Advisor so they can help you optimize the number of credits that count toward your bachelor’s degree as you earn your Associate’s degree.


What if I earned college credits before starting at YC?

Many students arrive with college credits they earned through AP tests, CLEP tests, Career Technical Education District courses, concurrent enrollment, or Dual enrollment. Depending on which program of study you choose, some or all of these credits may count toward your degree.

This effectively gives you a head start on completing your degree within the required 2-year timeframe!