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


COVID-19 Updates

  1. Please call (650) 793-0192 or (650) 574-6590 or email 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 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

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