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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

Application for Fall 2024 now open.

Contact Us

Promise Scholars Program
College Center Building 10, Room 370