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San Diego Promise

Welcome to the San Diego Promise Program at City College!


Monday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: Closed


Promise Alumni

The San Diego Promise provides unparalleled access to community college education by removing financial barriers and providing wrap around support. The San Diego Promise provides qualified students at San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges with a free community college education for up to two years, book grants to those who demonstrate financial need, and engages all students in a learning community promoting academic success. See below for eligibility pathways.


Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits including;

  • Up to two years of FREE tuition and health fees (covered for Fall and Spring semesters)
    • Note: Student Parking, Monthly/Semester Transit Passes, and Student Rep Fees are NOT included 
  • Individualized counseling, guidance and support to help you complete your educational goals 
  • Access to Peer Mentors 
  • Book grants for eligible students (Dependent upon student's financial need)
  • Additional campus engagement opportunities


  • Opens | January 22, 2024
  • Priority Application Deadline | Friday, April 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm
  • Final Application Deadline | Monday, August 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm
  • Enroll in 12 units (Or full time equivalency) Deadline | Monday, September 2, 2024, at 11:59 pm


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

Pathway #1 

First-time to any ollege student*

*Students who completed college courses while in high school are eligble for the San Diego Promise.

Pathway #2

Returning SDCCD students who have not enrolled in courses for three or more semesters (not including summer).

Applicants will NOT be admmited if they enrolled, earned, attempted or have any postsecondary experience during the following semesters:

  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2023
  • Summer 2023
  • Spring 2023

Pathway #3

You may also qualify for the Promise Program if you identify with one of the following populations: 

    • Current or Former Foster Youth 
    • Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces 
    • Justice Involved 
    • Undocumented
    • San Diego College of Continuing Education Alumni 
Note: Applicants will NOT be admitted into the San Diego Promise if they previously earned a degree or certificate from a postsecondary educational institution. 


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 619.388.3998 or 619.800.3464.

  • High school graduate* (H.S. Diploma or GED)
  • Must be a California Resident or AB 540 eligible 
  • Fall Applicants must complete a 2024-2025 financial aid application (FAFSA or CA Dream Act). 
  • Must be prepared to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester for fall and spring semsters (Does not apply to students with DSPS accommodation on file with the Promise District Office).

How to Maintain Your Eligibility in the Promise Program

  • First Year students must attend a Promise orientation (in-person and virtual options available)
  • Enroll in at least 12 units for Fall & Spring semesters by the semester's add/drop deadline
  • Submit a financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA) every year you are in the program and make sure it is on file with San Diego City College 

  • Attend an Engagement Activity & Submit a Progress Report during the Fall & Spring semesters
  • Maintain a 2.0 college GPA 
  • Meet with a counselor each semester 
  • Complete a Comprehensive Education Plan by the end of your first year

Steps to Apply to the Promise Program & Enroll in City College

To stay on track with the application process, please reference the Promise checklist and complete the steps below:

Step 1: SDCCD Admissions Application

Interested students must first complete an Admissions application for San Diego City College at 

Step 2: Financial Aid Application 

Fall 2024 Applicants: Complete a 2024-2025 financial aid application (FAFSA at or the CA Dream Act at Students must submit a financial aid application as soon as possible using the school code for the college they will be attending. 

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

  • 001273 

Step 3: Promise Application

Fall 2024 Applicants: The Promise Application opens January 22, 2024.

Students must only submit one Promise application. Submitting duplicate applications may delay the processing time of their application.

Click Here to APPLY NOW!

Note: The City College Promise Program 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 view via the Message Center in students' mySDCCD portal. Students are encouraged to reslove any Holds or items on their To Do List in their mySDCCD portal, as this may prevent their Promise application from being processed, prevent them from registering for their classes and/or delay or prevent the disbursement of financial aid they might be eligible for.

How to access the message center (step-by-step tutorial).

How to view the To-Do-List items (step-by-step tutorial).

Step 4: Complete City College New Student Online Orientation and Abbreviated Education Plan 

Complete a new student online orientation and meet with a college counselor to develop an Abbreviated Education Plan (the classes you'll take your first semester at City College) 

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

Promise students must also meet with a college counselor during their first academic year in college to create a Comprehensive Education Plan (your roadmap to completing your educational goals).

Questions about completing the New Student Online Orientation and Education Plan, contact the City Promise Office for support at 619.388.3998 or 619.800-3464.

Step 5: Attend Promise Orientation 

Students must attend a City College Promise orientation. In-person and virtual orientations are offered. 

Step 6: Register for Classes 

Students must register for a minimum of 12 units by the District Promise add/drop deadline.*

*Students that do no register in a minimum of 12 units by this deadline will be dismissed from the program, with the exception of students with an appeal or DSPS academic accommodation on file with the Promise District Office.

Jarusalen Davila

Connect with Us: Prospective & Current Promise Students



Rachel Rojas, Student Services Technician






Crystal Rodriguez, Counselor


Eddie Franco, Counselor


Call 619-388-3998 to schedule an appointment with a Promise counselor.



Promise Peer Mentors


Ashley Cuevas




Artesia Jones 




Please note, Artesia is not working during the summer.



Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 am -6:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday: Closed

Office Numbers:

Call: (619) 388-3998 

Google Voice (Call/Text):  (619) 800-3464

City College Promise Communication Platforms

  • Promise students, be sure to accept your invitation to join the City College Promise Canvas shell.
  • Follow us on social media:
    • Instagram: @sdpromisecity
    • Facebook: sdpromisecity
  • We also use Signal Vine to send text messages to students.

Get Support : Prospective & Current Promise Students

Promise student testimony

Promise Peer Mentor Support 

Our San Diego Promise Peer Mentors are HERE FOR YOU! They can meet with you in-person or virutally via Zoom. Their goal is to help you navigate through your educational journey at San Diego City College!

They can assist you with information regarding the Promise application, program status, requirements, and eligibility.

They can also assist you with general questions, navigating your MySDCCD portal, Canvas, and registration (if you've already met with a counselor to create your Ed. Plan). 

Please Call 619.388.3998 OR Text 619.800.3464 to connect with a Promise Peer Mentor.

Looking for the San Diego Promise Office?

 We're located in A-313




Fall 2023 Semester


Labor Day

Monday, September 04, 2023

Veterans Day

Friday, November 10, 2023


November 23-24, 2023

Winter Break 

Dec. 21, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Spring 2024 Semester


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 15, 2024

Lincoln Holiday

Friday, February 16, 2024

Washington Holiday

Monday, February 19, 2024

Cesar Chavez Holiday

Friday, March 29, 2024

Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2024

Summer 2024 Semester



Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Independence Day

Thursday, July  04, 2024


  • Students will become knowlegable regarding student support programs and offices on campus and understand how to utilize resources.

  • Students will be able to complete 2 years of college tuition-free.
  • Students will be able to understand the requirements of their Educational Plan and make decisions based on the guidance they have received from their Promise counselor to achieve their educational goals.

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