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Your Promise is Potential, Ours is to Make it Happen

The MVC Promise Initiative helps you by providing free first year tuition (even if you’re not eligible for financial aid), textbook vouchers and ongoing academic guidance. First-time students who have never attended college are eligible. 

The MVC Promise is made possible through state, federal and local funding sources including donations from our community. Apply for college and complete the Financial Aid FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) form. You will receive an email with instructions on next steps leading to the signing of your Promise contract. 

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What You Need to Know

Promise program requirements are simple. First-time college students need to complete the interest form before summer term, finish their college enrollment process including a FAFSA or CA Dream Act financial aid application, and then enroll in classes for fall term. You will receive an email with instructions on the next steps leading to your Promise contract's signing. 

The MVC Promise will cover your first-year course enrollment and related registration fees up to $1,248.00 per semester. This includes your enrollment fee ($46/unit, or $690), student health fee ($20), student services fee ($30), transportation fee ($5.50), and textbook vouchers ($250-500). 

The total amount of funding a student receives from the MVC Promise varies depending upon the financial aid for which the student is eligible. MVC Promise will cover costs that are not covered by financial aid. 

Program participants receive:  

  • Priority registration to ensure 12-15 units per semester.
  • A comprehensive student educational plan (CSEP) that maps out classes from the first semester to the last, based on education and career goals.
  • An assigned student success coach to serve as a resource throughout the year and provide structured support, enabling completion of degree and/or transfer units.
  • Connection with peers on similar paths and timelines.
  • Special activities throughout the year.

Promise Initiative priority is given to students from MVC's partner school districts, Moreno Valley Unified, Val Verde Unified and Perris High School. To be eligible to apply for the MVC Promise program, a student must:

  • Be a new, first-time college student (never attended college before).
  • Be 18 years or older or possess a high school diploma/GED or be a recent graduate.
  • Complete an FAFSA or California Dream Act Application with Moreno Valley College school code listed (041735) on file (AB 540 students are eligible for this program).
  • Apply to Moreno Valley College.
  • Commit to enrolling as a full-time student throughout the year (fall, spring, summer) including enrollment in required math and English courses.

Once accepted into the MVC Promise program you are agreeing to a contract of performance that includes the following duties and requirements: 

  • Complete a Moreno Valley College Promise Agreement (signifying your commitment to the program and your education) 
  • Develop a comprehensive educational plan (CSEP) 
  • Successfully complete a full-time course load 
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average during your first year 

The First-Year Experience (FYE) Program, as part of the Student Equity Plan at Moreno Valley College, integrates academic enrichment and student support services to enable students in pre-college or college-level courses to successfully transition from high school to college. 

Space is Limited. Apply as soon as possible for all programs and financial aid programs.

Get Involved

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    Apply to MVC for the summer term

    Potential Promise students must complete the college application process as a first-time college student before the start of a new academic year.
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    Submit FAFSA Financial Aid application

    Use MVC school code 041735 to apply for the Federal Application for Student Aid.
  • 3

    Complete College Orientation

    The MVC college orientation helps prepare you for life as an MVC Lion. From discovering what services are available to you to learning about academic programs, get ready to join the MVC family.
  • 4

    Complete Counseling and Advising

    Approximately 48 hours after you enroll, complete a Student Education Plan. You can do this by meeting with your Educational Advisor or online via WebAdvisor. Instructions are in your college welcome email.
  • 5

    Submit Your Promise Initiative Interest

    Once you've completed eligibility requirements, share your interest in being an MVC Promise student with us by completing the interest form before the annual May 1 deadline.
    An invitation and confirmation to the program will be sent via email after the May 1 deadline.

Contact Us

We are here to help! The Promise and First-Year Experience team can guide you on how to get started.

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Support is Here Every Step of the Way

College can be confusing and challenging. Your MVC advisors will help you navigate the process, make the right choices and stay focused on your goals whether it's a degree, a certificate or transferring to a four-year college or university. Schedule an appointment with an academic counselor to advance your plan, stay on track in classes, create and meet educational goals, fulfill Promise Initiative requirements and meet academic standard. 
The Student Handbook offers important information for all students. Within its pages you will find important dates, information about departments and programs, college terms, Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, how to succeed in college and even more answers to your college questions.  
College is a big commitment, and while daunting, you are not alone. You have resources to help you on your path and a dedicated support community that understands what you’re going through and where you need to be. Learn more about how the Learning Center can keep you on track academically, as well as about the student services available to you.
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