About the San Diego Promise

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The San Diego Promise covers the cost of tuition for up to 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).

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
  • Individualized counseling and guidance support to help you complete your educational goals

Eligibility criteria

  • First time (to any) college student, or 
  • Returning SDCCD students who have not enrolled in courses for three or more semesters (Not including summer), or 
  • Identify with one of the following groups:
    • San Diego College of Continuing Education Students
    • Foster Youth Student
    • Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces
    • Formerly Incarcerated Student
    • Undocumented Student
  • All Students must:
    • Must be a California resident or AB 540 eligible
    • Must Complete a 2023 -2024 financial aid application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA or California 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

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.

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