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Promise Scholars Program


Get Your College Degree for Free!

The Promise Scholars Program is a degree and certificate completion program. Its focus is on supporting students through the completion of their post-secondary pathways. We support the completion via a number of program engagement requirements, providing progress reports, meeting with your Promise counselor monthly, and engaging in additional Promise program support workshops. 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 here 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 2021 are being accepted

Contact Us

Promise Scholars Program Staff

Allie Fasth
Director of Pathways and Promise
(650) 574-6384

Priscilla Menjivar
Program Services Coordinator
(650) 574-6590

Deborah Nguyen
Financial Aid Program Services Coordinator
(650) 574-6661

Warren Shelby
(650) 378-7264
Flex Day
No classes Oct. 13, 2021
Veterans Day Holiday
No classes Nov. 12, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday
No classes Nov. 25-28, 2021
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