350 students taking advantage of free college Promise Program at Crafton Hills

The San Bernardino Community College District is offering a “Free Promise Program” for new high school graduates who are starting college this fall at Crafton Hills College or San Bernardino Valley College. The program provides funding for full-time college students to earn an associate degree or get a career training certificate. Students are guaranteed two years of free tuition, free textbooks, free access to a laptop, cash for college expenses, priority registration, student support, and opportunities for paid work experience. In return, students must enroll in and complete at least 12 units per semester, attend a Summer Bridge Program, participate in activities such as workshops, complete a Student Educational Plan, and meet with a counselor regularly.  There are no minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into the program, but Promise Program students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in the program. At the end of their time at Crafton, students should be able to transfer to a four-year university such as a UC or Cal State school, where they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree in just two years, effectively having cut…

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