Good News High School Seniors! SB Community Colleges Launches The Free College Promise

By on May 11, 2019

As the school year winds down many high school seniors are still undecided about their future plans. Many would love to attend college but even a community college tuition can be out-of-reach for many high school seniors and their families. Not anymore!

Groundbreaking news has just been released by the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) – which includes both Crafton Hills College (CHC) in Yucaipa and San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) in San Bernardino – regarding The Free College Promise. The Free College Promise is a new opportunity for high school seniors in the graduating Class of 2019. The new program provides free college tuition and multiple related free services to help high school seniors get into one of SBCCD’s community colleges, stay in college and earn either an Associate Degree, units/transfer to the University of California or California State University to get your Bachelor’s Degree or to obtain a Career Training Certificate. All for free!

The Free College Promise will fund up to 1,000 students who are serious about their future thanks to a $10 million endowment established in October 2018 by the SBCCD Board of Trustees. priority to high school graduates from Bear Valley Unified School District (USD), Colton Joint USD, Redlands USD, Rialto USD, Rim of the World USD, San Bernardino City USD and Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint USD.

In addition to two years of free tuition The Free College Promise will provide free textbooks, free access to a laptop, $300 cash for college expenses, priority class registration to help you finish college in two years, individual student support and college advising as well as opportunity for paid work experience and a Summer Bridge program to help you transition from high school to college.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics have found that as of 2017, only 19.8 percent of San Bernardino County residents have a bachelor’s degree. The nationwide average of U. S. residents with bachelor’s degrees was 30.9 percent in 2017. Although the SBCCD announced The Free College Promise in March online applications are just being made available for high school seniors to complete.

If you’re serious about wanting to attend college at one of the San Bernardino Community Colleges, go to: to begin the application process.