What is the NVC PROMISE?
The Napa Valley College (NVC) Promise is now a 2 year program that pays tuition and fees at Napa Valley College for students, regardless of family income, who:
- Are full-time, first-time freshman students who attend NVC in their first year after high school graduation; or
- Are full-time, second-year students who attended a California Community College full-time during the previous academic year as a first-time freshman as stated above.
Students who attended College as a high school student (dual-enrolled) are considered to be first-time freshmen in their first-year of College after high school graduation and are eligible for this program.
The NVC Promise provides the following benefits for the first year:
Grant and/or Scholarship to pay covered tuition and 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 2018-2019 academic year would experience their first year of College in the Summer, Fall, Spring of the 2019-2020 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))
How is the second year defined?
The second year for the NVC Promise is defined as the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of the academic year immediately following the students first year after high school graduation.
Example: Students who graduated from high school during the 2017-2018 academic year, attended College full-time during the 2018-2019 academic year, and will be enrolled full-time during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the NVC Promise.
During the 2 previous academic years:
You graduated from High School; or
You completed your GED; or
You earned your high school diploma through Adult Education; and
You submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA for Dreamers) for the current academic year; and
For a first-time freshmen, you are (or will be) enrolled at Napa Valley College as a full-time student in the Summer (optional), Fall and/or Spring semesters during the academic year immediately following your graduation from high school. To be considered full-time, you must be enrolled in 12 or more units in each semester you want the NVC Promise to cover your fees.
For a second-year student, you must meet the criteria as a first-time freshman during the 2018-2019 academic year at any California Community College. You must have maintined full-time enrollment during the Fall and Spring semesters in that first year, and have maintained a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students who did not attend NVC during their first year will be required to submit official academic transcripts from their high-school and prior College(s) to verify first-time, full-time enrollment.
Veterans who entered the U.S. Military immediately after high school, but are now attending as a first-time freshman, or second year student as described above may also qualify for this program. Contact the Veterans Services Specialist in the Financial Aid/EOPS/Veterans Services Office for more information.
What does it cover?
The NVC Promise will pay the full cost of covered fees for the summer, fall, and spring semesters (if enrolled full-time for the semester) and a portion of the of the cost for fall and spring parking permits at Napa Valley College for credit programs. 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
|*Course Lab/Material Fee (restrictions apply)||Up to $300||Up to $300||Up to $300||Up to $900|
(Student pays $16)
(Student pays $20)
(Student pays $20)
|$24 Discount Total|
*Course lab/material fee is not covered for the Police Academy
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 (if you have not yet applied)
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 grants and/or scholarships to qualifying students. 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.
For 2019 - 2020 (available now)
NVC Promise STEP 3: Complete the Steps to Successfully Enroll as a New Student
NVC Promise STEP 4: Complete the Online NVC Promise Application
Your NVC WebAdvisor login is required to open this form and will be used as an electronic signature when you submit the completed form for processing. Second-year students who attended NVC and received the NVC Promise during the previous academic year may skip this step.
Applications are processed by date received and may take 2-4 weeks processing time. Once you've submitted your application, we will verify that you have completed all of the NVC Promise Steps before determining your eligibility. Check your NVC student email regularly for information about your application status and eligibility.
NVC Promise STEP 5: Verification of High School Graduation
Bring a copy of your high school diploma (or GED) or your official high school transcript (unopened in a sealed envelope) to the Financial Aid/EOPS Office to verify your high school graduation. The document must show that you graduated from high school and the date you graduated. This is used to verify your eligibility for the NVC Promise program.
NVC Promise STEP 6: Register/Enroll in Classes as a Full-Time Student
You must enroll full-time each semester during your first year as a college student to qualify for the NVC Promise. If enrolled less-than full-time in a semster, you will be ineligible for that semester. 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 7: Pay Fees Not Covered by 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 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,
Fees not covered by the NVC Promise include the following (see Table 1 for Covered Fees):
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 after you are approved. Parking fees are not refundable. Fees will not be refunded until after your enrollment status is verified and the NVC Promise 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) and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (C grades or better). If you are enrolled full-time in only one semester, the NVC Promise will only apply to that semester.
To qualify for a SECOND YEAR RENEWAL, you must maintain full-time enrollment in the fall and spring semesters during your first year, and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
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) 256-7303 Nvc.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 pay covered fees for each semester the student is enrolled full-time during their first year in College after high school graduation. See Table 1 for an example of covered costs.
No, not at this time.
Yes, with exceptions. See Table 1 for covered fees.
Covered fees will be paid directly to NVC after the add/drop period (semester census) of a semester has passed. No cash will be
disbursed to students.
The NVC Promise applies to the first year (Summer, Fall, Spring) after high school graduation.
Students may qualify for a second year renewal if they maintain full-time enrollment in the first year and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students who graduate mid-year should contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office for more information.
Yes. For the Spring semester only.
Your enrollment will be checked after the add/drop period (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.