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.

The Promise office will be closed Friday, May 24, 2024 to support with the San Diego Mesa College Commencement Ceremony. Congratulations class of 2024!

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