About the San Diego Promise

About the San Diego Promise

The San Diego Promise covers the cost of tuition for two years at San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and provides textbook grants of $400 per year to students who also qualify for a fee waiver (the California College Promise Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver).

The San Diego Promise program is open to all first-time/full-time students who are recent high school graduates. In addition, there are limited spaces available for students who do not meet the above requirements, and who are former foster youth, formerly incarcerated, adults returning to school, those who cannot attend full-time due to unique circumstances, and/or DACA recipients.

To find out if you may qualify to participate in the San Diego Promise, please contact the San Diego Community College District Outreach at 619-388-6924.

Promise students more likely to earn a degreeBenefits

  • 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

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a first-time to college student*
  • Must be a class of 2022 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 2022-2023 financial aid application (FAFSA or CA 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