Year One Promise at College of San Mateo - FAQs
Year One Promise

FAQs

How do I apply?
To apply for the Year One Promise, please be sure you have completed the Admissions Application. You will be assigned a Student ID (G#), which you will need to fill out the scholarship application.
  1. Complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application
  2. Complete the Year One Promise Scholarship Application by logging in to your WebSMART account. Then go to Student Services > District Promise Application > College of San Mateo Promise Scholarship
  3. Complete steps to register -- Orientation, Assessment, Counseling, Enroll in Classes
What do I have to do?
  1. Enroll in 12 units and maintain 12 units during your first semester
  2. Attend Welcome Day on Thursday, August 9th 2018 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
  3. Meet with your academic college counselor and participate in program activities at least once a month.
I did concurrent enrollment – can I still apply?
Yes. Students who completed concurrent enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Year One Promise as long as they have graduated from high school, adult school, or earned a GED/HSE after October 1, 2017.

Does it cost anything?
No. The Year One Promise program is free to join.
What are the time commitments?
In addition to the 12 units of coursework, students are expected to meet with their counselor at least once a month and participate in at least one Year One Promise event each month.

What if I am planning to attend part time because I have to work?
The Year One Promise is not open to part-time students. Year One Promise students are required be enrolled and maintain at least 12 units each semester. However, any student who receives accommodations through the Disability Resource Center with approval for less than 12 units are still eligible for Year One Promise.

When will I find out if I’m in the program?
Students will be notified of acceptance starting in mid-April. Students are required to attend a Year One Promise Orientation in May to confirm their commitment to the program. If you applied and are unsure of your status, please contact us.

What if I don’t qualify for financial aid – is everything still free?
Students are required to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application. However, if a student is not approved for FAFSA or Dream Act, they are still eligible for the Year One Promise.

I did concurrent enrollment – can I still apply?
Yes – students who earned credit through concurrent enrollment are eligible to apply, so long as they meet other program requirements.

What if I don’t pass my classes in the first semester?
The Year One Promise team works with each student individually to ensure they stay on track. If you don’t pass your classes, your Year One Promise counselor will work with you to identify a plan to move forward and reach your goals.

How do I get my books with my scholarship?
Students should go directly to the College of San Mateo bookstore to access the book rentals. Have your G# with you so that you can inform the bookstore staff that you are a Year One Promise student.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?
For any immediate questions, please contact the Year One Promise Coordinator, Allie Fasth or Year One Promise Retention Specialist, Priscilla Menjivar. 650-574-6384.

When will I find out if I’m in the program?
Students are notified of their acceptance starting in May.

What do I have to do to be in this program?
Year One Promise students are required to meet their academic counselor and participate in a program activity once a month. Program activities are tailored to the needs of the student and each student will receive recommendations from their counselor about which events to attend.

What are the time commitments?
In addition to your full-time coursework, Year One Promise students can expect 2 additional hours of commitment per month.

Does it cost anything?
No, the Year One Promise is a free program.

What if I am planning to attend part time because I have to work?
Students who wish to join the Year One Promise are required to attend full-time. The program covers the full cost of your tuition and offers book assistance ($750/year).

What if I am not eligible to complete FAFSA?
Please contact our Financial Aid Office to determine the next best steps: (650) 574-6146

What if I don’t have a Social security number?
A Social Security number is not required for program participation. Please contact our Financial Aid Office for any specific financial aid related questions: (650) 574-6146 

What if I drop below 12 units?
Your Year One Promise counselor will work closely with you to create a plan to ensure you meet your goals.

What if I don’t qualify for financial aid – is everything still free?
Yes, the Year One Promise program is not an income based program.

Can I take classes at other campuses as well? What about outside of the district?
Year One Promise students are required to attend full-time. However, students are allowed to take other courses at other colleges in the San Mateo Community College District. If so, students are required to maintain at least 6 units at College of San Mateo in order to remain active in the Year One Promise program.

What if I want to drop a class?
Students will work directly with their Year One Promise counselor to discuss and finalize decisions related to coursework and unit loads.