Cerro Coso Community College

Cerro Coso Promise

Cerro Coso Promise

Promising a Brighter Future

The Cerro Coso Promise is a scholarship intended for hard-working, dedicated students that deserve an education, regardless of financial or personal status. By meeting basic criteria, students may qualify for up to $1,000 per semester for 2 years to help with tuition, books, and fees after financial aid and other scholarships are applied.

From specialized counseling to help with creating a comprehensive education plan, the Promise is committed to making sure students participate in a variety of initiatives designed to help them meet their educational goals. Participants also receive priority registration, career advising, help with transferring, and other student support services to assist them in staying on track.

Our Goal

The Promise will effectively reduce financial barriers to allow students to focus on completing their educational goals in an affordable and timely manner. This merit-based scholarship is unique in its support for students regardless of their financial situation.

"The Cerro Coso Promise is a pledge to prepare students for the 21st century workforce and the pursuit of the American Dream without the added burden of unmanageable college debt. It's a sustainable solution to college affordability. The Cerro Coso Promise is a commitment to the future." –President Jill Board

Eligibility and Requirements

Please click on the links below to view all requirements to maintain eligibility for the Promise scholarship:

How to Apply for 2019-20 Academic Year


This scholarship will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis – so be sure to get your applications and requirements completed as early as possible!

Students attending the Bishop and Mammoth Lakes campuses of Cerro Coso Community College should apply for the Inyo or Mono Promises.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students get the Promise in additional to other financial aid and scholarships?
Yes, students can receive Promise funds to fill their remaining unmet need, which may be less than $1,000.
If students do not qualify for financial aid can they still receive the Promise?
Yes. The Promise is designed to help students achieve their educational goals regardless of financial status. Even if a student is ineligible for need-based Federal and State financial aid, they can receive the Promise scholarship provided the eligibility requirements are met.
Are there minimum eligibility requirements?
Yes. Students must graduate high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA and must reside in the KCCD service area. Please see requirements listed above for more information.
Is the Cerro Coso Promise different than the California College Promise?
Yes, these are two separate programs. The California College Promise has replaced the Board of Governor's fee waiver (the BOG) and remains an entirely separate, state-level initiative – it has nothing to do with the Cerro Coso Promise.
Do online students qualify for the Promise?
Yes, our CC online students are eligible to apply for and receive Promise funds.

For additional information on the Cerro Coso Promise, please contact Lauren Falk at lauren.falk@cerrocoso.edu or (760) 384-6145.

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