Promise Program

The San Diego Promise #

Receive up to two years of free tuition or a book grant with the San Diego Promise. The San Diego Promise is a two-year completion program for eligible students that offers a number of benefits to support you in your introduction to college. Receive access to a peer mentor, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.

Apply for the San Diego Promise #

Review the eligibility requirements to determine whether you qualify for free tuition and support as a Promise student.

The Promise application for Fall 2024 is open. APPLY HERE

  • Priority Deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2024
  • Final Deadline: Sunday, August 5, 2024

Determine Your Eligibility #

To qualify for the San Diego Promise program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • First time (to any) college student, or
  • Returning SDCCD students who have not enrolled in courses for the last three or more consecutive semesters (not including summer), or
  • Identify with one of the following groups:
    • Foster Youth Student
    • Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces
    • Formerly Incarcerated Student
    • Undocumented Student
  • Must be a California resident or AB 540 eligible
  • Completed high school diploma or high school equivalency

Students who completed college courses in high school are eligible for the San Diego Promise Program.

View the Program Requirements #

See the requirements for each Promise cohort:

Year 1 Cohort:
  • Complete a comprehensive education plan by the end of your Spring semester
  • Enroll in at least 12 units during the Fall and Spring semester
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Meet with a counselor once per semester
  • Attend one Mesa College event per semester
  • Complete a mid-semester progress report online each semester
  • Remember to submit a completed financial aid application to maintain your Promise status for Year 2
Sign up for the Year 1 Mailing List
Access the Promise Canvas Page
Year 2 Cohort: Sign up for the Year 2 Mailing List
Access the Promise Canvas Page