Due to the urgency to protect the health of our students and employees, in the wake of the Coronavirus, San Diego City College has canceled classes March 16-March 22. Classes and support services are being moved online and to alternative forms. Campus is closed to students. Please visit the college's website and our social media page @sd_city_promise for more information. You can also download the LiveSafe app for updates.
If you have questions about the San Diego Promise at San Diego City College, please email us or call us at (619) 800-3464.

What is the 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). The program provides up to two years of free tuition to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: an assigned peer mentor/success coach, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.


ATTENTION! The San Diego Promise application for Class of 2020 high school graduates entering in Fall 2020 is now available!
If you are a Class of 2020 high school graduate who will be attending City College in Fall 2020, you can do the following to begin the enrollment process for the San Diego Promise:

STEP 1: Apply for admission to City College

STEP 2: Complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act

  • City College School Code: 001273

STEP 3: Complete the San Diego Promise Application

STEP 4: Complete an online orientation and meet with a college counselor for an abbreviated education plan.

Complete steps 1-4 by Thursday, June 11, 2020 for priority registration and admission to the program.

If you have questions about the San Diego Promise at San Diego City College, please email

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New 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).

*Students who meet program requirements in their first year may be eligible for free tuition in their second year.

Q: What is the status of my Promise application?

A: Thank you for your interest in the San Diego Promise Program. All Fall 2020 applications are under review. Given the current circumstances, we expect to send students an email with a status update on their application by the end of April 2020. Please keep in mind that this is subject to change based on the current conditions. We appreciate your patience.

Q: Can I still submit a Promise application?

A: Yes, students are advised to continue submitting Fall 2020 Promise applications via the San Diego Promise Program webpage:

For questions or concerns, please contact the First Year Services Office:

City College, First Year Services

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