Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Cerritos Complete program?
    Cerritos Complete is a student success initiative and partnership between Cerritos College and our five local school districts (ABC, Bellflower, Downey, Norwalk-La Mirada, and Paramount Unified). Cerritos Complete is available to graduating high school seniors who complete the 7 steps in high school.

    This program is designed to help in-coming freshman navigate their way into college. Cerritos Complete focuses on students’ pledge to earn and complete their degrees or certificates on time.

  2. What are the 7 steps for the Cerritos Complete program?
    1. Submit FAFSA or DREAM Act Application (October-March 2) and submit additional paperwork to Cerritos College Financial Aid (April 30)
    2. Submit a Cerritos College Summer Application  (February)
    3. Submit the Cerritos Complete Intent Form (March 2)
    4. Complete the Self-Report Tool and sign up for a Falcon Edge: Planning & Scheduling Workshop (March)
    5. Attend a Falcon Edge: Planning & Scheduling Workshop (April)
    6. Attend a 4-day Summer Semester class (COUN 101A) and submit the Cerritos Complete Commitment Contract (Options available during June-August)
    7. Enroll in Fall Semester classes (June 7)

  3. What are the benefits of the Cerritos Complete program?
    The Cerritos Complete program is a great opportunity for high school seniors to transition to college. This program provides opportunities for the high school seniors to obtain skills and knowledge needed for college, explore a variety of careers, save money on their college education, and graduate from college early.

    Benefits include: 
    One-year free tuition, one-year priority enrollment, one-on-one counseling and advisement, career exploration assistance, college preparedness, and a personalized schedule for their first year (Fall and Spring) of Cerritos College.

  4. What does the Cerritos Complete program cover?
    For the first year (Fall and Spring semester), the Cerritos Complete program covers per-unit enrollment fees. The Cerritos Complete program does not cover parking fees, student health fees, and student activity fees. Those fees are the responsibility of the students. Students can pay those fees in their MyCerritos account.

  5. Who can apply for Cerritos Complete program?
    The Cerritos Complete program is for graduating high school seniors from our partner districts of ABC Unified School District (USD), Bellflower USD, Downey USD, Norwalk-La Mirada USD, and Paramount USD. Prospective students must complete all steps required for High School Seniors in order to be eligible for the program.

  6. Is the Cerritos Complete program available for undocumented students?
    Yes! The program applies to any high school senior who graduates from an eligible school. Undocumented students will need to complete the California Dream Act application to qualify for the Cerritos Complete program. The California Dream Act application is due March 2. Before you apply, learn more about the Cerritos College resources available for undocumented students.

  7. If I submit my FAFSA or California Dream Act application am I automatically qualified for Cerritos Complete?
    No. The FAFSA/Dream Act applications are used to determine your eligibility for federal and/or state financial aid. In order to be qualified for Cerritos Complete, you must have completed all steps required for High School Seniors.

  8. What happens if I miss a deadline for one of the 7 steps?
    You will no longer be eligible for the Cerritos Complete program, but you can still attend Cerritos College. You can enroll in the Early Success Program (ESP).

  9. How many classes can I take each semester?
    There is no minimum or maximum number of credits you must take, but we recommend you take 12-15 units. You must take a Math and an English/ESL class for both Fall and Spring semester.

  10. When will I be notified if I am in the program and will receive the Cerritos Complete program free tuition?
    If you succesfully complete all steps of the Cerritos Complete program by the deadlines, you will be notified via email by July.

  11. What do I need to do in the Fall semester to remain eligible for the Cerritos Complete program

    • Enroll in both a Math & English/ESL course
    • Pay your Fall CCSA fee and Health fee
    • Submit your Fall Semester Progress Report to the EPP Office
    • Enroll in classes for Spring Semester
    • You must successfully pass (Grades of C or better) in both a Math & English/ESL course
    • You must maintain a 2.0 GPA at Cerritos College.


    If you do not meet the requirements for Fall, you will no longer be eligible for the Cerritos Complete program for Spring.

  12. What do I need to do in the Spring semester to successfully complete the Cerritos Complete program?

    • Enroll in both a Math & English/ESL course
    • Apply for the FAFSA or DREAM act by March 2
    • Pay your Fall CCSA fee and Health fee
    • Attend an Education Planning Workshop or make an appointment with a
        counselor for a Comprehensive Education Plan
    • Enroll in classes for Fall Semester
    • You must successfully pass (Grades of C or better) in both a Math & English/ESL course
    • You must maintain a 2.0 GPA at Cerritos College.

  13. When does the Cerritos Complete program end?
    Cerritos Complete is a one-year program. However, you can continue to take classes at Cerritos College.

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