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MPC Expands Free Tuition Program for Full-Time First and Second Year Students

Post Date:07/16/2019 1:00 PM


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For Immediate Release: July 16, 2019

Contact: Kristin Darken, Director of Marketing and Communications (831) 646-4001

MONTEREY, CA - Monterey Peninsula College is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its free in-state tuition program, the Monterey Peninsula College Promise, for all qualifying first-year and second-year full-time students.

“Last year the Monterey Peninsula College Promise provided students with a first year of tuition-free college. We are now expanding free tuition to a second year to help students achieve their academic goals,” states MPC Interim Superintendent/President David Martin. “The Monterey Peninsula College Promise removes the cost of tuition from the equation, so students can earn a certificate or degree and move into higher-paying careers or transfer to a four-year university sooner. MPC is excited to be able to offer this advantage to all qualifying students, no matter their household income.”

To qualify for the 2019-2020 Monterey Peninsula College Promise, college students must:

  • be a first-time college student or second-year college student who met program requirements in the 2018-2019 academic year;
  • enroll full-time at MPC (defined as 12 units or more) for Fall 2019 and continue through Spring 2020;
  • declare an educational goal of earning a certificate, associate’s degree, or transfer to a four-year college or university;
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application; and
  • complete an MPC Orientation and develop an Educational Plan with a counselor.

Classes at MPC cost $46 per unit, which means that a student who takes a 12-unit load will save $552 per term under the MPC Promise program.  Students who take 16 units will save $736.  Students who qualify for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise and have already paid their tuition for the upcoming Fall 2019 term, which begins August 16th, will be reimbursed. 

MPC and the MPC Foundation offer numerous additional scholarships, resources, and programs to support students in achieving their educational goals while attending MPC.  “Tuition expenses are one of many challenges that our students have to consider - textbooks, childcare, transportation, food, and housing insecurities are more present than ever before as students travel through their educational experience. The expansion of the MPC Promise program provides yet another financial resource to students to address some of the financial challenges that may impact student success, but it is important that they are aware of the variety of additional resources we have to offer at MPC,” explains Larry Walker, Vice President of Student Services. “Financial support is just one piece of the puzzle. Our team stands ready to help provide the support that students need to make the transition to college and through to their graduation.”

Beccie Michael, MPC’s Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the MPC Foundation, adds, “We live in a costly area where it is extremely challenging to be a college student, which typically requires working fewer hours in order to attend class and study. In addition to tuition assistance, we offer hundreds of scholarships that are instrumental in helping financially-needy students to attend college.”

For more information about the Monterey Peninsula College Promise please visit our website at:

Monterey Peninsula College  - established in 1947

Monterey Peninsula College, part of California's public community college system, is an open-access institution, committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities, and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to the scenic Monterey campus located on 90+ acres, MPC's district includes two excellent facilities in the former Fort Ord, to serve the residents in north Monterey County. As a comprehensive community college, MPC responds to the educational and cultural needs of its diverse community, distinguished for its outstanding academic programs and strong commitment to student success. To learn more about Monterey Peninsula College, please visit and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.