Pirates' Promise Cohorts

New cohorts of students are admitted each new academic year, starting in the fall semester. Most Pirates' Promise cohorts start off in the fall semester, but students who plan to start in the spring semester, should contact the Pirates' Promise team for cohort availability. 

2024-25 Pirates' Promise Cohort

Sign-up period February 26, 2024 - June 7, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Students interested in being part of the Pirates' Promise cohort must meet the eligibility and follow the required steps.

  • First-Time College StudentA first-time college student is defined as a new college student who has neither attempted nor taken any college courses following their graduation from high school. Students don't need to be recent high school graduates. If students took college courses while they were still in high school, that is okay and will NOT impact eligibility.  
  • CA Resident or AB 540: Students must be a California resident or qualify for AB-540 residency status.

Sign-Up Process

Students who meet the eligibility criteria need to complete the sign-up process to be considered for the Pirates' Promise cohort. Remember, students need to complete the sign-up process by the deadline to be considered part of the cohort.

1) Apply to OCC

The first step you step must complete is to apply to OCC. You will need to create an OpenCCC account to access and complete the application. Pro tip #1: use your personal email when setting up your account (not your high school or your parent's email).

If you need help applying to the college, the Future Pirate team is here to help. Visit the workshop page to join an application workshop.

Apply to OCC

2) Apply for FAFSA or Dream Act

After you apply to OCC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act (whichever one you qualify for). Pro tip #2: the FAFSA or CA Dream Act can take time to complete and process - get started early. Need help, check out the FAFSA or CA Dream Act resources available.

 FAFSA                    CA Dream Act

3) Pirates' Promise Interest Form

The Pirates' Promise interest form will be available starting February 26, 2024 and close on June 7, 2024. After you complete the interest form, the Pirates' Promise team will review that you completed all the sign-up requirements and you meet the eligibility criteria. Pro tip #3: this should be the last thing you complete, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time to submit.

Pirates' Promise Interest Form

Being Part of the Cohort

Students will be notified that they are part of the 2024-25 Pirates' Promise cohort on June 21, 2024. Pro tip #4: be sure to check your phone and the email entered on the interest form. Cohorts are limited in size based on the availability of funding. The cohort is chosen on first-come, first-served basis.

Students who submitted an interest form, but did not complete all the requirements, will be placed on a waitlist. Students on the waitlist can continue to complete all requirements, and if space permits, will be added to the cohort. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a spot in the cohort for everyone on the waitlist.

Students in the 2024-25 cohort will then need to meet all the program requirements to keep their spot in the program. Visit the Program Requirements page to review the next steps after you are part of the cohort.