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Aug 09
Orange Coast College Now Offering Second Year of Free Tuition via Pirates’ Promise

​Orange Coast College's Pirates' Promise Program now offers a second year of support for returning students in addition to first-year students.  Qualifying students can now receive free tuition, service fees and textbooks with 12 OCC units — regardless of the high school they attended. 

"One of the primary reasons students report for not completing their education is a lack of financial resources. With the Pirates' Promise, this barrier is removed," says OCC President Dr. Angelica Suarez. 

In order to qualify for free tuition through the Pirates' Promise program, first-year students must: 

  • Apply on the Pirates' Promise website.
  • Be a first-time college student as of 2018-19 or 2019-20
  • Satisfy California residency requirements
  • Enroll in at least 12-units at OCC
  • Apply for financial aid through FAFSA or the California Dream Act application

 

Second-year students must meet all of the above and have participated in Pirates' Promise during their first year at OCC (2018-19) in order to qualify. 

"This program sends a clear message to students: 'We believe in you because we invest in you, so you can invest in the work you're doing at the College'" says Dr. Suarez. "There is a sense of investment on both sides. It's a beautiful partnership." 

For more information about OCC's Pirates' Promise Program email freetuition@occ.cccd.edu or call (714) 432-6847.