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 San Diego Continuing Education have moved all instruction and operations online/remote until further notice. For COVID-19 information and online resources, please visit:

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Fall 2020 priority admissions deadline for the San Diego Promise program is now closed. We will continue to accept and process Promise applications on a space available basis.

If you submitted your application after June 11, 2020 please allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be reviewed. Please be aware that your application will be used to determine eligibility into the program and does not guarantee acceptance. 

Please note students that sign a Promise contract after June 11, 2020 should be prepared to pay their enrollment and health fees out of pocket and will be reimbursed shortly after submitting a Promise contract.

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete a Fall 2020 application for admission to City College, Mesa College, or Miramar College.

Step 2: Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Act application.

School Codes for FAFSA or Dream Act applications:

• City College: 001273
• Mesa College: 001275
• Miramar College: 014172

Step 3: Complete a Promise application.

Step 4: After completing steps 1-3, we encourage you to continue the process of completing the new student online orientation and scheduling a counseling session to meet with a college counselor for an abbreviated education plan. Please contact the College Counseling Office for more information on the availability of virtual counseling appointments.

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For more information on the New Student Orientation, please visit your college website:
San Diego City College - New Student Orientation
San Diego Mesa College - New Student Orientation
San Diego Miramar College - New Student Orientation

For more information on how to schedule a virtual appointment with a college counselor, please visit your college website:
San Diego City College - Counseling Office
San Diego Mesa College - Counseling Office
San Diego Miramar College - Counseling Office

Step 5: Students that meet all program requirements and are eligible to participate in the San Diego Promise program will receive an invitation to electronically sign a Promise contract starting in April 2020. The priority deadline to sign the Promise contract is June 11, 2020. Contracts will be continued to be accepted after June 11 on a space available basis.

If you recently submitted your application, please allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be reviewed.

Two promise students at a fundraising gala

Step 6: After you have signed and submitted your Promise contract, please expect to receive an email with an invitation to attend a virtual Promise orientation.

Note: Promise orientations vary by campus, information about your specific campus Promise orientation will be emailed to you after you have signed your Promise contract.

Step 7: Register for classes.

Questions? Please contact SDCCD at (619) 388-6924.