Irvine Valley Promise


Program Eligibility (Incoming Students)

May 11, 2022 Update: The Irvine Valley Promise program has reached incoming student capacity for the 2022-23 academic year. Please defer to the IVC Financial Aid office for additional financial aid programs for incoming students.

Students who meet all of the following criteria by the May 10 deadline will be eligible to receive two years of free tuition (fall and spring semesters) beginning Fall 2022 semester.

To be initially eligible for Irvine Valley Promise, students must be:

  • Be a first-time college student*
  • Be a California resident or eligible for residency waiver (AB540)
  • Identify Irvine Valley College as “College of Record”
  • Enrolled in at least 12 units (full-time)

Students that meet the eligibility requirements above must also complete BOTH the:

Eligibility Steps

(For details on each step, visit Steps to Become an IVC Student)

  1. Apply for admission to IVC
  2. Complete Your 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application
  3. Complete Your Guided Self-Placement
  4. Submit High School Transcripts (see FAQs)
  5. Complete Advisement
  6. Create Your First Semester Plan
  7. Complete Orientation
  8. Register for Classes in early May (12 units minimum. Visit Admissions & Records for IVC Registration Dates)

* No prior college attendance at IVC or any other institution. Dual/Concurrent enrollment students, Special Admit students, and other high school students who took college classes while still in high school are still eligible for the Irvine Valley Promise Program.

Maintaining Eligibility (Current Students)

To maintain Irvine Valley Promise eligibility, students must:

  • Maintain Irvine Valley College as “College of Record”
  • Submit a financial aid application (FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application) for both award years
  • Remain enrolled in at least 12 units for fall and spring semesters
  • Meet with their designated Promise Counselor at least twice per semester
  • Take one English and one Math course in your first year (exceptions will be made for students pursuing certificates)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA

Appeal Process for Current IVC Students

Current IVC students removed from the Irvine Valley Promise program may appeal for reconsideration. An appeal allows a student to address any circumstance(s) for their failure to meet Promise program requirements. For more information, visit Appeal Process.

Appeal Process »