Apply for the Promise

Apply for the Promise

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges and the San Diego College of Continuing Education have moved all instruction and operations online/remote until further notice. For COVID-19 information and online resources, please visit:

Application is now closed


For information regarding the Promise Program, please contact our Outreach offices:

City College First Year Services (FYS) Mesa College Outreach Miramar College Outreach

Google Voice: 619-800-3464






Program Eligibility Requirements

  •  Must be a first-time to college student*
  • Must be a class of 2021 high school graduate** (H.S. Diploma or GED) 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
  • Must Complete a 2021-2022 financial aid application (FAFSA or Dream Act)
  • Must be prepared to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester (does not apply to students with disability (DSPS) accommodation on file)

*Student who completed college courses while in high school are eligible
** First time to college, class of 2020 high school graduates (H.S. Diploma or GED) maybe eligible


Program Students Receive the following benefits:

  • Up to two years of free tuition and health fees
  • Books grants for eligible students
  • Access to Peer Mentors/Success Coach
  • Individualized counseling guidance support to complete your education goals


Program requirements*

  • Attend a Promise orientation
  • Sign a Promise contract
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester
  • Maintain a 2.0 college GPA
  • Meet with a counselor each semester
  • Complete a comprehensive education plan

*Students that meet the program requirements in their first year may be eligible for a second year