Future Promise Students

Future Promise Students

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: https://www.sdccd.edu/coronavirus.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The 2020-2021 Promise application is now closed.  For questions please contact the Promise Coordinator at your campus. 


  • Up to two years of free tuition and health fees
  • Book grants for eligible students
  • Access to Peer Mentor/Success Coach
  • Individualized counseling and guidance support to help you complete your educational goals


  • Must be a Class of 2020 high school graduate (H.S. Diploma or GED)
  • Must be a California resident or AB 540 eligible
  • Must complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA or Dream Act application
  • Must enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester (does not apply to DSPS students with eligible academic accommodation)

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Program Requirements

  • Sign a Promise contract (electronically)
  • Attend a virtual Promise orientation
  • Enroll in at least 12 units by August 31, 2020
  • Must maintain a 2.0 college GPA
  • Meet with a counselor each semester
  • Complete a comprehensive education plan by the end of your first year

How to apply

Students that complete steps 1-4 by June 11th will receive priority registration and admission to the program.

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

Step 2:  Complete a 2020-2021 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.

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. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 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.

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

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

Step 7:  Register for classes.

Contact Information

For additional information on the San Diego Promise Program, please contact our Outreach offices:

City College First Year Services (FYS) Mesa College Outreach  Miramar College Outreach
619-388-3998 619-388-2230 619-388-7357
sdpromisecity@sdccd.edu  sdpromisemesa@sdccd.edu  sdpromisemiramar@sdccd.edu 
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.


 Updated April 2020