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The Best College Promise Around!

You may find a confusing array of College Promise programs at other community colleges. But at De Anza, we’re keeping it simple.

FREE First Year of College – PLUS $500 Toward Books!

smiling girl thumbs upWe think this is one of the best Promise programs you’ll find anywhere – and it’s at De Anza, the college that’s always Tops in Transfer.

We’re also making it simple to qualify, with no separate application required. The program is open to students who

  • Are first-time college students
  • Plan to attend full-time, starting in fall 2019
  • File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application and list De Anza College on the application.

The De Anza College Promise means qualified students pay no tuition or fees for their first year and will receive a $500 voucher that can be used for books and materials.

three grads smilingDe Anza is commited to helping students stretch their book dollars. Our course listings include hundreds of classes marked with a green icon, indicating that required materials are free or cost no more than $50.

After their first year, De Anza Promise students will continue to receive additional academic support and assistance with the many financial aid and scholarship opportunities at De Anza.

For more information and personal assistance, please contact the Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools at 408.864.8327 or email outreach@deanza.edu.


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The De Anza College Promise was launched at a special community event held Sept 27, 2017 at the Foothill Sunnyvale Center.

The featured speaker at the event was Martha J. Kanter, former U.S. Under Secretary of Education and former chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.


Make Plans for YOUR Graduation!


Stretch Your Book Dollars!

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Students participating in the De Anza College Promise receive $500 toward books and materials. De Anza also has several ways to help students make their book dollars go further, including

  • Free or Low-Cost Textbooks: Many classes now use zero-cost or low-cost textbooks and other materials. You'll find these classes marked with special symbols in the course listings.
  • Course Reserves: Some textbooks or other books required by instructors can be borrowed for short periods from the Library at no cost. 
  • Bookstore Rentals: Many textbooks can be rented from the Bookstore, at lower cost than purchasing them outright.

Visit the Stretch Your Book Dollars webpage to learn more!



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