Promise Scholars Program at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Promise Scholars Program

Overview

COVID-19 Updates

  1. Please call (650) 793-0192 or (650) 574-6590 or email csmpromise@smccd.edu to make a Promise counseling appointment
  2. Please check your CANVAS regularly for program updates, engagement activities, and supports available during this time
  3. Please see the following site for Promise Program Information & Resources

For Fall 2021 cohort and applicants,
please see the steps to Apply Here

Application opens January 1st, 2021 in WebSMART
Please contact us at csmpromise@smccd.edu with any questions

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. 

What You Get
  • 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 
Who Can Apply
  • Must be a first-time college student
  • Must be a degree or certificate-seeking student
  • Must be a California resident
How to Apply
  1. Apply to CSM
  2. Complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application
  3. Apply for the Promise Scholars Program on WebSMART
  4. Enroll in a minimum of 12 units
  5. Attend Promise Scholars Program summer information session and orientation 
What We Require of You
  • 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

Contact Us


Promise Scholars Program
csmpromise@smccd.edu


Tiffany Zammit
Director of High School Transition
and Dual Enrollment
(650) 574-6217

Priscilla Menjivar
Program Services Coordinator
(650) 574-6590

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

Warren Shelby
Retention Specialist
(650) 378-7264
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