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Promise Scholars Program


Get Your College Degree for Free!

The Promise Scholars Program is a degree and certificate completion program. We focus is on supporting students through the completion of their post-secondary pathways.The program provides you with multi-year tuition support, individualized counseling support, textbook vouchers, and food and transportation incentives through the completion of your degree or certificate at College of San Mateo.

  • Full tuition and fees paid for first and second years (some students may qualify for third-year funding)
  • Up to $750 toward textbooks
  • Dedicated personal counseling
  • Assistance with a Student Education Plan
  • Priority enrollment
  • Counseling support to complete an AA/AS or certificate in 2 years
  • Exclusive events and workshops 
  • $50 monthly food and transportation incentive 
  • Must be a first-time college student
  • Must be a degree or certificate-seeking student
  • Must be a California resident
  • Maintain a full-time schedule (minimum 12 units in Fall, 12 units in Spring, summer sessions highly encouraged)
  • Required enrollment in College 1 - IDST 110 Course (3 units) UC/CSU transferable
  • Required tutoring - 4 hours per month
  • Attend regular meetings with assigned Promise Scholars Program counselor
  • Attend program-specific workshops related to academic, professional, and personal success
  • Complete Student Education Plan (SEP) and career assessments
  • Re-submit FAFSA or Dream Act Application in the Spring to stay eligible for the program the year(s) following

Applications for Fall 2022 are being accepted

Spring 2022 Hours