What is the NVC PROMISE?
The Napa Valley College (NVC) Promise is a program available to eligible full-time, first-time freshmen students, regardless of family income, who attend Napa Valley College in their first year after high school graduation. Students who attended College as a high school student (dual-enrolled) are considered to be first-time freshmen and are eligible for this program.
The NVC Promise provides the following benefits for the first year:
Grant and/or Scholarship to pay covered fees.
Reduced cost parking permits.
Exemption from the Pay-to-Stay requirement.
The first year for the NVC Promise is defined as the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of the academic year immediately following a student's graduation from high school.
Example: Students who graduated from high school in the 2017-2018 academic year would experience their first year of College in the Summer, Fall, Spring of the 2018-2019 acdemic year.
“One academic year” means the total of the summer term that immediately precedes the first semester or quarter of the fall term, and the two consecutive semesters or three quarters that immediately follow that summer term (AB 19 Section 76396.3(c)(2))
Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the NVC Promise.
You are a California resident (or AB540 eligible) for tuition purposes; and
You live in Napa County; and
During the previous academic year:
You graduated from a Napa County High School; or
You completed your GED in Napa County; or
You earned your high school diploma through Napa Valley Adult Education; and
Are (or will be) enrolled as a full-time student in the Fall or Spring semesters during the academic year following your graduation from high school. To be considered full-time, you must be enrolled in 12 or more units in a semester.
What does it cover?
The NVC Promise will pay the full cost of enrollment fees and accident insurance for the fall, spring (and summer, if eligible) semesters and a portion of the of the cost for fall/spring parking permits at Napa Valley College. In addition, eligible Promise students will be exempt from the Pay-to-Stay (7 days to pay) requirement during their first year, so they won't have to worry about being dropped from their classes for non-payment. An example of the fees covered by the NVC Promise is shown in the table below.
NVC Promise - Covered Fees Example
$46 per unit
$1 each semester
Student Health Fee
$17 Fall and Spring
Student Representation Fee
$1 each semester
Student Activities Fee
$5 Fall and Spring
Student Technology Fee
$10 Fall and Spring
(Student pays $16)
(Student pays $20)
(Student pays $20)
How Do I Apply?
Complete ALL of the NVC Promise steps below. If you have already completed a step, you may skip that step and continue to the next step. You may be asked to submit additional documents to verify your eligibility.
NVC Promise STEP 1: Apply to Napa Valley College
Click on the underlined link above. You'll
begin the online admission application by creating an OpenCCC account.
During the application process you'll be asked for your intended major
and an educational goal, along with some basic personal, educational and
After you apply, check your email for
your Napa Valley College Congratulations Letter, which contains your NVC
Student ID Number, NVC student email account, information regarding
orientation, and login information for WebAdvisor, Canvas, and Office
NVC Promise STEP 2: Complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application
The NVC Promise provides either a grant or a scholarship to qualifying students, but which one you will receive is determined by completing Step 2. Your family's income does not matter when you apply for the NVC Promise, but all families, regardless of income,
are required to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
OR the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) as part of the NVC Promise application process. Click on a link below to submit an online application.
NVC Promise STEP 3: Complete the NVC Promise Application
Submit the NVC Promise Application to:
Napa Valley College | Financial Aid/EOPS Office, Room 1132 | 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy | Napa, CA 94558
The application is a "fillable" form that can be completed online, but must be printed for signature and submission. Applications are processed by date received. Once
you've submitted your application, you'll be notified by email with specific information about your eligibility. Please note that you may be required to verify high school graduation after you submit your application. Check your NVC student email regularly for information about your application status.
NVC Promise STEP 3A: Submit Verification of High School Graduation
Attach a copy of your high school diploma or an official high school transcript showing the high school and date you graduated (in a sealed envelope) to your NVC Promise Application before submitting to the Financial Aid/EOPS Office for processing.
NVC Promise STEP 4: Complete the Steps to Successfully Enroll as a New Student
NVC Promise STEP 5: Register/Enroll in Classes as a Full-Time Student
You must enroll full-time each fall and/or spring semester during your first year as a college student to qualify for the NVC Promise. If enrolled full-time in Fall and Spring, there is no minimum unit requirement for Summer. Full-time is defined as:
class registration through the WebAdvisor system, available up to
midnight before the first day of classes. Register according to your A-G priority registration
date. If you wait to register once the class has started, you will
need an Add Code from your instructor to register. Late start classes
have different registration dates. Please refer to the Admissions and Records website and select the Priority Registration link.
NVC Promise STEP 6: Pay Fees Not Covered by the NVC Promise
WebAdvisor, click on the Financial Aid Self Service link, and then click on the Student Finance option in Self Service.When you apply for the NVC Promise, you are still required to pay your fees within the 7-day Pay to Stay grace period until you receive a NVC Promise approval email. Once approved for the NVC Promise, you will be exempt from the Pay-to-Stay requirement during your first year, but will still be required to pay any fees not covered by the NVC Promise before the end of the semester. To check your student account for unpaid fees not covered by the NVC Promise, login to
Fees not covered by the NVC Promise include the following (see Table 1 for Covered Fees):
Course Material/Lab Fees: Some
courses require an additional fee for materials, lab fees, or other course related fees. Course fees are NOT
covered by the NVC Promise Program, so you are required to pay those
The NVC Promise will only pay the fees listed in Table 1. All other fees you are required to pay. Other Fees:
For a complete listing of fees you are required to pay and instructions on how to "opt out' of optional fees, please review the NVC Fee and Refund page.
Will I get a refund if I pay my fees before being approved for the NVC Promise?
If you paid your fees before being approved for the NVC Promise, you may be eligible to receive a refund of covered fees. Parking fees are not refundable. Fees will not be refunded until after your enrollment status is verified and your grant/scholarship is applied to your student account.
If you are eligible for a refund, any unpaid fees on your student account will be deducted from the refund before it is processed for payment by the Business Office. Fees paid by credit card will be refunded to the credit card used.
What must I do to remain eligible for the NVC Promise?
Once you are approved for the NVC Promise program, you must enroll full-time (12 or more units) for the Fall and/or Spring semester(s) during your first year and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (C grades or better).
Who do I contact if I have questions about the NVC Promise?
Contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office if you have questions about the NVC Promise.
In Person By Phone By Email
Building 1100, Room 1132 (707) 256-7300 Nvc.email@example.com
Click here for regular office hours and appointments times.
The value of the NVC Promise depends on the number of units enrolled. The NVC
Promise will cover the designated fees for full-time enrollment during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters of the student's first year in College after high school graduation. See Table 1 for an example of covered costs.
No, not at this time.
No. Students must pay any course fees, lab fees, and other fees not listed under covered fees.
Covered fees will be paid directly to NVC after the add/drop period of a semester is over. No cash will be
disbursed to students.
The NVC Promise applies only to the first year (Summer, Fall, Spring) after high school graduation. Students who graduate mid-year should contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office.
Yes. For the Spring semester only.
Your enrollment will be checked after the add/drop period (or semester census date) has passed. If you are enrolled in 12 or more units at that time, you will remain eligible for the entire semester.
If you are enrolled in a late-start course that begins after the semester census date, you are required to attend that course when it begins. If you fail to attend any course enrolled, those units will be removed from your enrollment status and you may become ineligible for the NVC Promise for the semester. You will then be responsible for paying all previously covered fees for that semester.