Current Promise Students

Current Promise Students

Congratulations on your acceptance into the San Diego Promise program! Below you will find contact information, links, and additional helpful information to help you on your educational journey.  

College Transition Programs and Resources

San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges each offer college transition programs and numerous resources to help you be successful. Please select your college below to find out which programs are available to you.

San Diego City College

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Miramar College

Maintain your eligibility for the San Diego Promise

To ensure that you continue to receive your benefits under the San Diego promise program, you must meet the following criteria during your time as a Promise student:

- Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units per semester (except DSPS students with eligible academic accommodation)
- Meet with a Counselor to establish a comprehensive educational plan
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA while attending City, Mesa, or Miramar College
- Complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application each year
- Adhere to the Promise Contract

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Contact information for City College Promise students

sdcity.edu/students/promise/index.aspx
619-800-3464
Email: sdpromisecity@sdccd.edu
Coordinator: Brenda Torres
Counselor: Diana Ramiez
Campus Location: L112

Contact information for Mesa College Promise students

sdmesa.edu/student-services/promise
619-800-2246 or 619-800-2632
Email: sdpromisemesa@sdccd.edu 
Coordinator: Karla Trutna
Technician: Donnaly Atajar
Counselor: Miriam Pacheo
Campus location: I4-101

Contact information for Miramar College Promise students

sdmiramar.edu/campus/promise
619-388-7357
Email: sdpromisemiramar@sdccd.edu
Coordinator: Jennifer Pena
Technician: Sara Haddad Griswold
Counselor: Randy Claros
Campus location: K2-101

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Current Promise Students

Q1. If I have questions about my status in the Promise program, who should I contact?

If you have a question about your status in the Promise program, please contact the Promise staff at your campus:

City College First Year Services (FYS) Mesa College Outreach Miramar College Outreach
619-800-3464 619-800-2246 or 619-800-2632 619-388-7357 (may leave a voicemail)
sdpromisecity@sdccd.edu sdpromisemesa@sdccd.edu sdpromisemiramar@sdccd.edu
Q2. Can Promise students participate in other programs such as EOPS, CalWorks, TRIO, STEM, and etc.?

Yes, we encourage students to participate in other student support programs.

Q3. How do students maintain their eligibility for the San Diego Promise program?

Students can maintain their eligibility in the Promise program but completing the following:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units per semester
  • Meet with a Counselor to establish a comprehensive educational plan
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA while attending City, Mesa, or Miramar College
  • Complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application each year
  • Adhering to the Promise Contract
Q4. How many years does the San Diego Promise program cover?

Assuming the student retains program eligibility, an eligible student may receive a Promise award for their first and second consecutive year of enrollment.

Q5. I did not successfully complete 12 units in the fall semester, will this impact my Promise eligibility?

In order to remain eligible for the Promise benefits, students must maintain full-time enrollment. Students with extenuating circumstances will have an opportunity to submit an appeal should they drop below 12 units. If you believe you will fall below the unit requirement, please contact your Promise Coordinator.

Q6. My GPA fell below the 2.0 GPA requirement after the fall semester, will this impact my Promise eligibility?

In order to remain eligible for the Promise benefits, students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students with extenuating circumstances who drop below a 2.0 cumulative GPA and wish to remain in the San Diego Promise program will have an opportunity to submit an appeal. If you believe you will fall below the unit requirement, please contact your Promise Coordinator.

Q7. I am planning on taking classes during winter intersession classes, will these classes count towards the 24-unit requirement?

Yes! Classes completed during winter intersession will count towards the 24-unit requirement.

Q8. Does the San Diego Promise program cover my enrollment and health fees for a second year?

According to Assembly Bill 19 and Assembly Bill 2, students must maintain eligibility requirements throughout their first-year in order to be considered for second-year funding. Updated financial aid files for the second year, good academic standing, and program requirements must be maintained in order to receive second-year funding. Only those students admitted to the Promise Program for their first year are eligible for consideration for second-year funding.

Q9. Do I have to apply for a second year in the Promise program?

No! Students do not have to apply for a second year in the Promise program. At the end of the first year, we will determine if students successfully completed the program requirements (units completed/GPA). Students that will be continuing in the program for a second year will be notified via email.

Q10. When will I know if I am eligible for a second year in the Promise program?

Students that will be continuing in the program for a second year will be notified via email 4 to 6 weeks after the end of their first-year.

Q11. Can I use my Promise book grant to purchase an outside campus bookstore?

No, the Promise book grant account is set up at your campus of record bookstore. Students who have been confirmed to participate in the Promise program will receive a notification prior to the start of the fall semester as to when they can access their Promise textbook funds.

Q12. Can I access my Promise book grant anytime in the semester?

Students will receive an email notification informing them that their textbook account is set-up in the campus bookstore, which will remain open during the semester.

Q13. What can I purchase with my Promise book grant?

Students are able to use their book grant to purchase books and supplies for their classes, including late-start classes as well as requesting textbook refunds.

Q14. I received a Promise book grant during my first year as a Promise student, will I be eligible for the book grant in my second year?

No, book grants are not automatically awarded for a second year. Book grants are awarded based on students' financial aid need.

Q15. Can I take classes at the other sister colleges (City, Mesa, or Miramar College) even though I do not receive my Promise benefits from them?

Yes, students can take classes at more than one campus (City, Mesa, or Miramar College). Students will receive the program benefits at their primary campus of record.

Q16. I changed my major and will need to change campuses, how can I change my campus of record?

If you need to update your campus of record, please contact the Promise Coordinator at your campus.

Q17. I just completed my first year in the Promise program and would like to take classes during the summer, will the Promise program cover enrollment and health fees?

No, the San Diego Promise program only covers enrollment and health fees for the fall and spring semester during the regular academic school year.

Q18. Can students get their enrollment and health fees waived if they take more than 12 units?

Yes! Twelve units is the minimum required units per semester, but the San Diego Promise program will cover enrollment and health fees for classes taken above that minimum.

Q19. Does the program cover other fees such as parking permit and class material fees?

No, only mandatory fees are covered, which include the registration, health service, student representation, class pass and student services fees.

Q20. What if I am not able to take a full-time course load because of a disability?

Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for a reduced course-load (i.e., enroll in less than 12 units). Please contact the Promise Coordinator at your campus for more information.

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