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Welcome to City College: San Diego Promise

The San Diego Promise is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates enrolled full-time (12 units per semester during Fall and Spring). The program provides up to two years of free tuition and health fees to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: access to a peer mentor, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.  

Why the San Diego Promise at City? 

Students participating in the San Diego Promise will receive the following: 

  • Up to two years of FREE tuition and health fees (Covered for Fall and Spring. Note: Student Parking, Semester Pass, and Student Rep Fees are NOT included). 
  • Individualized counseling and guidance support to help you complete your educational goals. 
  • Assigned Peer Mentors. 
  • Book grants for eligible students (Dependent upon student's financial need). 
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Attention High School Graduates: The San Diego Promise Application is NOW OPEN 

Click Here to Start your Promise Application Today!


Find out if you are eligible to obtain up to TWO YEARS TUITION FREE! 

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a first-time to college student*

  • Must be a class of 2021 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 eligibleMust Complete a 2021-2022 financial aid application (FAFSA or 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

To find out if you may qualify to participate in the San Diego Promise, please contact us via email us at or call us at 619.800.3464

Program Requierements

  • Attend a Virtual Promise orientation (dates will be announceed soon) 
  • Sign a Promise contract online 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester
  • Maintain a 2.0 college GPA
  • Meet with a counselor each semester
  • Complete a comprehensive education plan

*Students that meet the program requirements in their first year may be eligible for a second year

Class of 2021 High School Graduates:

Students complete steps 1-4 by June 11 for priority registration and admission to the program:

Interested students must first complete a Fall 2021 Admissions application to San Diego City College at

Complete a 2021-2022 financial aid application (FAFSA at or the California Dream Act at Students should submit a financial aid application as soon as possible using the school code for the college they will be attending in the fall.

San Diego City College School Code for FAFSA or California Dream Act applications:

  • City College: 001273

Interested students must complete a Promise application for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Promise applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due by August 23, 2021. Students must only submit one Promise application. Submitting duplicate applications may delay the processing time of their application. 


Note: We will be communicating with students primarily through the email address provided on their SDCCD admissions application. In addition, all email communication will be available to be view via their message center in their mySDCCD portal. Any pending items related to their Promise application will appear on their To-Do-List in their mySDCCD portal.

Complete an online new student orientation and meet with a college counselor to develop an education plan (a roadmap to graduation) as soon as possible. 

  • NEW STUDENTS must complete the New Student Education Planning workshop on Canvas Click here to access the workshop.

Questions about completing the new student orientation and education plan, contact us for support at 619.800.3464

Students must sign a Promise contract online and attend a Virtual Promise orientation to secure their space in the program.

Information regarding the Promise contract and Promise orientation will be provided to students on a rolling basis starting May 1, 2021.

Students must register for a minimum of 12 units by September 7, 2021.

Students that do no register in a minimum of 12 units by September 7, 2021 will be dismissed from the program, with the exception of students that have DSPS accommodation on file.

 Get Support & Connect with Us: Prospective & Current Promise Students

Do you have questions about The San Diego Promise Program? Do you need support with CANVAS, MYSDCCD, FAFSA, or need support with completing the Promise Progress report? If yes, the San Diego Promise Program at City College is offering Live Support on the following days/times:

***Intersession Hours: Go to the link below, to obtain Zoom Meeting ID and password 

Monday from 2pm-4pm
Tuesday from 10am-12pm
Wednesday from 1pm-3 pm
Thursday from 11am -1pm
Friday from 9am-11am


The San Diego Promise is HERE FOR YOU! If you need one-on-one support with the Promise Application, MySDCCD Portal, Canvas, Registering for Classes, General questions, or would like to schedule a Peer Mentor Appointment, click on one of the links below:

Melanie Angulo:

Miguel Galindo:

  • WhatsApp: Connect with us and check out our daily announcements/status. Save our number (619) 800-3464 under your contacts and download the WhatsApp App to connect with us!
  • Google Voice: Connect with a Promise Peer Mentor by calling 619.800.3464. Peer Mentors can support you with any of the following:  
      • San Diego Promise application

      • MySDCCD Portal

      • Canvas

      • General Questions 

  • Canvas: Campus announcements, program updates, and daily Peer Mentor Discussions/Check-Ins. Contact Program Coordinator to request access. 
  • Youtube:  Check out our channel for video tutorials, and program updates!
  • Instagram: Q & A story session, community and campus resources story highlights, and DM for general questions. Follow us at @sdpromisecity
  • Zoom: Counselor Lead workshops, Virtual Counseling & Peer Mentor Appointments and Virtual Promise Orientations.

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San Diego Promise Important Dates and Deadlines



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Program Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to work within the program and understand how to utilize resources.
  • Students will be able to complete 2 years of academics.
  • Students will be able to understand and apply knowledge based on academic counselor assistance with an ed plan.

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