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Oakland Promise


The Oakland Promise is an initiative that aims to triple the number of college graduates from Oakland within the next decade. Students graduating from an Oakland high school may be eligible to receive funding to attend the Peralta colleges via the two options below.


Oakland-Peralta Promise students receive their first YEAR (fall and spring) tuition-free at the Peralta Colleges. This includes enrollment and campus fees.

Note that health fees and AC Transit fees, as well as items such as books, supplies, and optional parking fees are not included. However, these may be covered if you qualify for additional financial aid.

Additional benefits include:

  • Priority enrollment
  • Special student support opportunities (varies by campus)

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a graduate of an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) public high school.
  • Enroll full time at Peralta Colleges (minimum 12 units) in fall and spring.
  • Maintain academic progress, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and complete at least 50% of your classes.
  • Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by the start of the Spring semester.
  • Participate in counseling support, workshops, and other services designed to get students off to a good start.


  1. Complete the OpenCCC community college admissions application 
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application
  3. Complete the required Student Support Services (orientation, assessment, counseling). Further details on this step will be provided to you after you complete the OpenCCC application.
  4. Enroll, and remain enrolled, in at least 12 units for fall 2020 at the Peralta Colleges.

All steps must be completed by June 30, 2020.

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The East Bay College Fund offers an Oakland Promise and 2 Year Scholarship to qualifying students. Awards for community colleges students currently range from $1,000 – $3,000. Applications are generally due in March.

See the East Bay College Fund website for more details.

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  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.