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:


Click on each of the 6 steps below for step-by-step details on how to apply to the San Diego Promise program.

Note: Complete steps 1-4 by June 11 for priority registration and admission to the program.



STEP 1: SDCCD Admissions Application (click here)


Interested students must first complete a Fall 2021 Admissions application to San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College at


STEP 2: Financial Aid Application (click here)


Complete a 2021-2022 financial aid application (FAFSA at or the Dream Act at Students should submit a financial aid application as soon as possible using the school code for the college they will be attending in the fall.

School Codes for FAFSA or Dream Act applications:

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


STEP 3: Promise Application (click here)


Interested students must complete a Promise application for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Students must only submit one Promise application. Submitting duplicate applications may delay the processing time of their application.

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Note: We will be communicating with students primarily through the email address provided on their SDCCD admissions application. In addition, all email communication will be available to be view via their message center in their mySDCCD portal. Any pending items related to their Promise application will appear on their To-Do-List in their mySDCCD portal.


STEP 4: Online New Student Orientation and Abbreviated Education Plan (click here)


Complete an online new student orientation and meet with a college counselor to develop aneducation plan (a roadmap to graduation) as soon as possible.

For assistance with completing the new student orientation and education plan, please visit the Counseling office website:



STEP 5: Promise Contract and Promise Orientation (click here)


Students must sign a Promise contract and attend a Promise orientation to secure their space in the program.

Note:  Information regarding the Promise contract and Promise orientation will ONLY be provided to students that meet the program eligibility requirements.  As program eligibility is determined, information regarding the Promise orientation will be sent to students via email on a rolling basis between May 1 and August 16, meaning that students can receive this information at any point between this time period.



STEP 6: Register for Classes (click here)


Students must register for a minimum of 12 units by September 7, 2021.  Students that do not register in a minimum of 12 units by September 7, will be dismissed from the program and may be held responsible for repaying enrollment ($46/unit) and health fees ($20/semester).

  • Appointments will be viewable in mySDCCD and emailed on June 19
  • Fall registration by appointment begins June 24
  • You can begin to enroll on or after your registration appointment time

Note: Does not apply to students with an appeal or a Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Waiver of Full-Time Status Requirement for Student Success form on file.  For details on the appeals process and DSPS waiver, please contact your Promise campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester.



 For additional information regarding the steps outlined above, please contact our Outreach offices:

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

Google Voice: 619-800-3464






2021-2022 San Diego Promise Checklist

2021-2022 San Diego Promise Checklist (Spanish) 


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