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First Year Experience

Second Year Experience (SYE)

Second Year Free Tuition!

The California College Promise program has great news! Existing law establishes that the California College Promise provides funding to help pay for the student's first year in college and now dedicated to supporting students in their second year as well! Not only is California supporting college students as they begin college but now helping them complete. 

The Second Year Experience (SYE) at LACC is a collection of services and opportunities designed specifically for second-year student success. Through the efforts of the LA College Promise and AB 19/2, Los Angeles City College has assigned a high priority to address second year retention and success in order to enhance their learning experience from the first year. While the first year focused on getting accustomed to college, the second year is focused on furthering self-exploration, establishing goals, and setting down a path on how to achieve them. Students will leave the SYE program more scholastically informed and excited about their personal, career, and educational future.  

SYE's goal is to help students be successful in college, enjoy their experience, develop into educated citizens of society, and get the most out of their university experience. With a year under their belt, this is the time to truly prosper!

Benefits of SYE
  • Free college tuition for the second year of college* 
  • Counselors that focus on helping you stay on track and thrive  
  • Success Coaches to help you explore your future options and address challenges associated to transferring 
  • Collaborations with important resources such as Transfer Center and Career Center
  • Workshops that focus on exploring life after LACC
  • Social events that will engage students  
  • Develop professional skills that will help you beyond the SYE experience 

*must have received first year free tuition through the College Promise program 

Requirements & Expectations for the SYE program
  • Must have completed College Promise Requirements within their first year at LACC, which includes:
    • Enrolled as a fulltime student throughout their fall and spring semester of their first year**
    • Maintained equivalent or over a 2.0 GPA within their first year
    • Completed a summer bridge experience the summer prior to their first semester in college
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 units each semester** 
  • Have completed at least 24 units by the end of your first year**/***
  • Apply to FAFSA or CA Dream Act 
  • Meet with a counselor (preferably the SYE Counselor) at least once a asemester
  • Meet with a SYE success coach at least once a semester
  • Must complete at least one Student Success Activity each semeseter 
  • Students must comply with the student conduct standards and employ proper professional etiquette in person and online  
  • Must complete SYE Summer Experience prior to fall semester (read emails for more information)***

**Some exceptions to requirements may apply, including for students with a disability who participate in the OSS program. Please meet with an FYE counselor for more details.

***Due to COVID-19, there will be considerations to this requirement but will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to your Success Coach for more information. 

Student Success Activity Requirement

During fall 2020, our current SYE students are expected to complete at least one Success Activity throughout the semester. Students must submit this form by the end of the semester (date TBD). The FYE team will be putting on some workshops and social events but there are plenty of other ways to get this requirement completed. Visit other department's websites to find out more information of their workshops and events. 

Click this link to Submit your Student Success Activity response

Future Considerations for SYE Cohort:

As we create a more comprehensive second year experience for students, we are recommending that students get involved on campus, which can be achieved by:

  • All students must join a club or major/career specific group within their 2nd year, or
  • Become a peer mentor for incoming first year students, or
  • Volunteer/participate in the LACC Open House, or
  • Participate in the Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) program
  • SYE Summer Experience before the start of your second year at LACC. All students who are anticipating receiving their second year for free, you must complete the SYE Summer Experience. Read your emails for more information. 
  • Must work with Success Coach to create a Goals Checklist (create a plan to achieve those goals).

Voices from SYE Students

"FYE has helped me figure out my college plan and helped me achieve success in my classes." - Current 2nd Year A. Aguilar

"The FYE program has been incredibly encouraging and helpful in achieving my academic goals. The counselors and Success Coaches were always available to answer any of my questions and concerns. They helped me stay on track to succeed and made my first year at LACC more manageable and less stressful." - Current 2nd Year C. Mota-Velasquez 

 Office Hours

During COVID-19, our hours have changed:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Contact Us

Student Services Building, 2nd Floor
(323) 953-4000 ext. 1264 


Jessica Cerda

FYE Counselor/Coordinator
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2266

 Get in touch with FYE Today!

Here are three ways that you can meet with an FYE counselor:

  1. Contact the FYE program by sending an email to
  2. Connect with your Success Coach
  3. Use Cranium Cafe Live Chat and connect with a team member

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