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Pirates' Promise Program

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Unfortunately, over the holiday season COVID cases have spiked across the state as well as in Orange County due to the Omicron and Delta variants. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be offering remote services for the next two weeks.  Further campus updates can be found via this link: click here. 

During this temporary campus closure, Pirates’ Promise staff will continue to provide you support but in a virtual form. Available hours of service, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

As in the past, you may reach us by email at and by phone at (714) 432-6887. We are currently responding to all emails and voicemails within 48 hours and remain available during our normal business hours.  


Orange Coast College is committed to the success of its students and wants to help them accelerate their education in order to start their career or transfer sooner. The Pirates' Promise Program provides eligible students two years of free tuition and textbook support. 

Eligibility Criteria

Students who meet all of the following criteria will be eligible to receive free tuition and textbook support (until program capacity is reached) for their first and second year at OCC:

Submit a Pirates' Promise Program interest form:

Program Requirements:

Eligible students whose application has been processed and confirmed must maintain the following requirements in order to continue in the program the following semester:

  • Complete a comprehensive educational plan by the end of their first year
  • Enroll and maintain mandatory 12 units of enrollment
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 GPA and be in good standing

Questions? Contact the Promise Program Team

​Carlos Amescua 
Program Coordinator 

Alexander Arebalo 
Program Specialist 

Online/ Phone Assistance 
Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM 

Frequently Asked Questions