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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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 an academic (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 619.388.3998

  • 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 

San Diego Promise Application cycle is now closed.

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 619.388.3998

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. 

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 academic 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. 


Promise student testimony 

Connect with Us: Prospective & Current Promise Students

 

 

Brenda Torres, Program Coordinator
Meet via zoom: Click here to schedule an appointment
Phone Number:  619.388.3674
Text Line: 619.273.5053
Email: btorres@sdccd.edu
 
Angel Lopez Rodriguez, Peer Mentor 
Meet via zoom: Click here to schedule an appointment
Phone Number: 619-388.3998
Text Line: 619. 800.3464
Email: alopez@sdccd.edu

 

Miguel Galindo, Peer Mentor Lead
Meet via zoom: Click here to schedule an appointment
Phone Number: 619-388.3998
Text Line: 619. 800.3464
Email: mgalindo@sdccd.edu
Monday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Wednessday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday:  9:00am-4:00pm
Call Us: 619.388.3998
Text Us: 619. 800.3464

HERE FOR YOU! ESTAMOS AQUI PARA TI!

 

Live Virtual Support hours are available Monday through Friday from 10 am-12 pm during this time, students can connect with us via Cranium Cafe to check in with our San Diego Promise Staff. If you have questions about your San Diego Promise Program eligibility, requirements, or need support with CANVAS and MYSDCCD, our Virtual support & assistance hours are the best option for you! 

Click on the link below to join: 

https://sdccd.craniumcafe.com/group/city-promise/lobby

Live Support Sessions Days/Times: Monday through Friday from 10 am-12 pm 

Our San Diego Promise Peer Mentors are HERE FOR YOU! Their goal is to help you navigate through your educational journey at San Diego City College! If you need one-on-one support with the MySDCCD portal, Canvas, Registration Support, General Questions our Promise Peer Mentors are here for you! 

To schedule an appointment, please click on one of the two links listed below: 

Angel Lopez Rodriguez Click here to schedule an appointment

Benjamin Villa: Click here to schedule an appointment 

Miguel Galindo: Click here to schedule an appointment 

NOTE: Appointments are released monthly.  

Please Call (619) 388.3998 if you have any questions! 

We're back to help you! The San Diego Promise will be providing limited In-Person Services every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-4:00pm  

  • Services are by appointment Only. 

  • Requirement: Students must be vaccinated and have submitted proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Record on mySDCCD portal or have a negative COVID-19 test within the prior seven (7) days to attend in-person appointments.

  • Face Masks Still Required on Campus: All employees, students and campus visitors must continue to wear masks on campus. If you need a mask, we can provide you with one. â€‹

  • Dates of Availability â€‹: Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00am –4:00pm

Click in one of the links below to schedule an appointment:

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Holidays -Promise Office Closed

Labor Day

Sep. 6, 2021

Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 17, 2022

Veterans Day

Nov. 11, 2021

Lincoln Day

Feb. 18, 2022

Thanksgiving

Nov. 25-26, 2021

Washington Day

Feb. 21, 2022

Admissions Day

Dec. 22, 2021

Cesar Chavez Day

Apr. 1, 2022

Christmas Holiday

Dec. 23-24, 2021

Memorial Day

May 30, 2022

New Year Holiday

Dec. 30 & 31, 2021

Independence Day

Jul. 4, 2022


 

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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