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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APPLY TODAY!

Attention High School Graduates: The application for Class of 2021 high school graduates is now available! 

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE A PROMISE APPLICATION 

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 eligible 
  • Must Complete a 2021-2022 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 

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

  • Attend a Virtual Promise orientation 
  • 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 

Note:  Information regarding the Promise contract will ONLY be provided to students that meet the program eligibility requirements.  As program eligibility is determined, information regarding the Promise Contract will be sent to students via email on a rolling basis between May 1 and August 16, meaning that students can receive this information at any point between this time period.

Step 1: SDCCD Admissions Application: 

Interested students must first complete a Fall 2021 Admissions application to San Diego City College at sdccd.edu/apply. 

Step 2: Financial Aid Application 

Complete a 2021-2022 financial aid application (FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov or the California Dream Act at dream.csac.ca.gov). 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 

Step 3: Promise Application 

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. 

Step 4: Online New Student Orientation and Abbreviated Education Plan 

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 

Step 5: Promise Contract and Promise Orientation 

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. 


Step 6: Register for Classes
 

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.

**Information regarding the Promise contract will ONLY be provided to students that meet the program eligibility requirements.  As program eligibility is determined, information regarding the Promise Contract will be sent to students via email on a rolling basis between May 1 and August 16, meaning that students can receive this information at any point between this time period. 


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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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