PAYS is an intensive yearlong academic program that serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, students who are first in their family to attend college, those from low income families, and those who are African American or Latina/o. The program enrolls up to 90 participants from the Los Angeles area and the Inland Valley. PAYS staff offers yearlong college advising, an SAT prep program, bilingual financial aid workshops, and application assistance. Participants also spend three consecutive summers in the course-based mainstay of PAYS: an academically rigorous month long program on Pomona's Campus. PAYS participants live in Pomona's residence halls from Sunday night through Friday evening.