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How to Become a Promise Student

Steps for High School or Adult School Students


  Your high school transcript with an accurate GPA (if you've graduated within the last 10 years)

  A chosen major (what degree or certificate do you want to work toward?)

  A personal email address (you receive a student email account after registering for a class)

  Your Social Security Number (SSN) if you have one (more information below)

In and effort to ensure that your academic, financial aid records, and student account records match, your Social Security Number (SSN) is required if you have one.  If you do NOT have a SSN, please leave your admissions application blank.

Complete the application for Admissions. If you need assistance in completing your application for admission, please contact Admissions & Records at 805-922-6966 ext. 3248.

Video: Applying to Allan Hancock College


After you have submitted the application above, you will receive a welcome email to your personal email address that will help you get started with using your myHancock portalIf you do not receive an email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please search your email for "AHC Admissions." Often the email might go into your junk, spam, or promotions folder.

The email will give you your student ID number (H#) and your username. Be sure to keep it in a safe place. This number will be used throughout your time at Hancock.

Video: Getting started with the myHancock portal

COMPLETE THE FAFSA OR DREAM ACT APPLICATION (October 1, 2020 – August 13, 2021)

To complete the FAFSA or to complete the CA Dream Act

To complete these applications,  follow these steps:3 Steps to Complete your FAFSA or Dream Act Cash for College Webinars  to help you complete your 2021-22 FAFSA or  Dream Act After applying for financial aid, log onto your myHancock portal to check your financial aid status for outstanding documentation requirements, disbursement dates, Satisfactory Academic Progress and other important information about your financial aid file.

Questions about financial aid? Please call the Financial Aid Office at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3200.

If you need one-on-one assistance completing the FAFSA or CDAA attend a Cash for College workshop with a link to CalSoap's web page


Registration opens April 28, 2021 for summer and fall semesters.  Classes fill quickly so register early!

Complete Your:

To ensure your funding for books and supplies is available by the beginning of the semester, please complete your file by April 29, 2021 for summer or June 30, 2021 for fall. You may complete your file at any time throughout the year, but your funding maybe delayed significantly. Follow the steps below as soon as possible so your eligibility can be determined. 

  • Go to
  • Log in to your myHancock portal 
  • Scroll down to “My Financial Aid” and click “View My Financial Aid” 
  • Choose the Award Year: “Summer 2021 to Spring 2022”.  You will see your unsatisfied requirement/documents 
  • If you have a Financial Aid Task, you will need to make an account before you can continue 
  • Double click at each of the required items and complete each task/requirement listed.   You may need to print, scan and upload and/or email these documents to
If you need assistance in competing your financial aid file, contact us via email at

  • Go to
  • Log in to your myHancock portal
  • Scroll down to “My Financial Aid” and click “View My Financial Aid”
  • Choose the Award Year: “Summer 2021 to Spring 2022”. If you have any unsatisfied requirement/documents, you can see them here.
  • Click on the “Award Offer”.

Note: There are certain federal eligibility requirements for financial aid and students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

You are required to complete the Online Orientation.  The orientation will provide you with important information concerning student support services, certificate/degree programs, and other "Need to Know" information.  To access the Online Orientation, log onto your myHancock portal, and click on "Online Orientation".

Prefer to attend a Virtual Orientation?  We encourage you to attend an orientation via zoom.  We will introduce you to various Student Services and Academic Support Programs as well as other free campus services that will be available to you. 

Video: How to access the student portal

You are required to attend a Virtual Launch to College event.  You have the opportunity to select your Virtual Launch to College event date/time now.  The virtual events are taking place between March 8, 2021 - April 22, 2021, with Saturday options available on March 27, April 10,17 & 24, and May 1. You will meet with a counselor to discuss your first semester plan.  Counselors are excited to welcome you to our campus and want to ensure you get off to a great start. 

virtual launch to college event 

Registration opens April 28, 2021 for summer and fall 2021 semesters. Classes fill quickly so register early!

Need help registering for summer and/or fall 2021 classes?

Check My Registration Date on myHancock under the Registration tab for your registration date.

Promise Reminders:

  • When you register, refer to your first semester plan which can be found in DegreeWorks in your "Plans" tab.
  • Check your financial aid status for outstanding documentation requirements, disbursement dates, Satisfactory Academic Progress and other important information about your financial aid file.
  • You must register for at least 12 units each semester, both fall and spring.
  • You must complete one English and one math class during the first year if required by the program of study

Questions about registration? Call Admissions & Records at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3248

Video: How To Register for a Class

Video: How to Register from the Waitlist

Video: Cómo registrarse para las clases

Video: Cómo registrarse a clases estando en lista de espera

Complete between June – October 2021
An SEP is a comprehensive semester-by-semester plan in DegreeWorks listing all courses you will need to complete in order to reach your educational goal.  

To schedule your SEP appointment, call the Counseling Department at 1-805-922-6966 ext.3293 or use the scheduling link below. 

Schedule a SEP Appointment

Support Resources for High School Students