Eligibility & Requirements

Meet the 2 ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS and complete the 4 REQUIRED STEPS by August 30th

2 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
1. First-time college student
2. California resident or AB540 eligible
4 REQUIRED STEPS
First, submit your college application to Grossmont College or Cuyamaca College (How-To Video).
1.  NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION (How-To Video)
2.  EDUCATION PLAN (How-To Video)
3.  FAFSA (How-To Video) or CA Dream Act Application (How-To Video)
4. Enroll FULL-TIME (at least 12 units)
(Students with disabilities may contact Disability Services at Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College regarding a potentially reduced course load)


HOW THE PROMISE PAYS TUITION & MANDATORY FEES:

Option 1: DO NOT PAY at the time of registration.
Tuition and mandatory fees will be paid for by the Promise, after the deadline, and once eligibility is verified.
> Although you will view a Payment Notification that says “Full balance due at the time of registration” and you will show an outstanding balance on your account, you do not need to pay at the time of registration.
> You will not be dropped for nonpayment and you can attend classes.

Option 2: PAY at the time of registration.
Tuition and mandatory fees will be automatically reimbursed, after the deadline, and once eligibility is verified.

*Note: If you are not eligible, you will receive a denial email and you will be responsible to pay your account balance at that time.


CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
1. Maintain FULL-TIME attendance, do not withdraw below 12 units, in current semester
2. Enroll FULL-TIME, at least 12 units, in subsequent semester
(Students with disabilities may contact Disability Services at Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College regarding a potentially reduced course load)


2nd YEAR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
First Year:
1. Maintain FULL-TIME attendance, do not withdraw below 12 units, in the first year
2. CUMULATIVE 2.0 GPA at the end of the first year

Second Year by Fall Deadline:
3. Complete the FAFSA or CA DREAM ACT application for current academic year
4. Enroll FULL-TIME (at least 12 units)
(Students with disabilities may contact Disability Services at Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College regarding a potentially reduced course load)
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Frequently Asked Questions

BENEFITS

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

PROCESS AND TIMELINE

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise will pay tuition and mandatory for students who meet the eligibility requirements for the first semester at Grossmont and/or Cuyamaca College and will continue to pay for up to four (4) consecutive semester with continued eligibility.Tuition cost is $46 a unit and mandatory fees include student health, representation, and Cuyamaca construction fee.The following are NOT PAID by the Promise:

  • Books, supplies, parking permits, and other class fees
  • Summer tuition and mandatory fees

Summer sessions students:

  • Can still be eligible for the Promise beginning in the Fall
  • Grades will count toward the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement for the second year
  • First Year
  • First-time college students who are California residents.
  • Second Year
  • Promise students who maintained Promise eligibility requirements during their first year and are going into/currently in their Second Year.
  • 2ND Year Only
  • Students who met Promise eligibility during their first year but did not receive the Promise the first year. They are going into/currently in their Second Year.

FIRST YEAR

Students must complete eligibility requirements by the deadline of the first semester at Grossmont and/or Cuyamaca College. Up to four (4) consecutive semesters (3 semesters if beginning in Spring) will be paid by the Promise, based on maintaining continued eligibility requirements.

  • ELIGIBILITY
    • First-time college students
    • California Resident or (AB540 eligible)
  • 4 REQUIRED STEPS 
  • 1.  New Student Orientation
  • 2.  Education Plan
  • 3.  FAFSA or (CA Dream Act)
  • 4. Full-time (at least 12 units)
  • Students with disabilities may contact Disability Services at Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College regarding a potentially reduced course load

 

  • NOTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY
  • Students will receive an email with the determination of acceptance or denial one week after the deadline.

 

  • PAYMENT OF TUITION & MANDATORY FEES
  • Option 1: Do NOT pay at the time of registration.
  • Paid for by the Promise once eligibility is verified.
  • Students will not be dropped from classes for nonpayment.
  • Option 2: Pay at the time of registration.
  • Tuition and mandatory fees will be automatically reimbursed by the Promise once eligibility is verified.
  • Note: Students who receive notification that they are not eligible for the Promise will be responsible to pay account balance.
  • CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY TO SPRING SEMESTER
  • Complete 12 units in the Fall semester
  • Enroll in 12 units in the Spring semester

 

CAN STUDENTS BEGIN THE SPRING SEMESTER AND RECEIVE THE PROMISE?

Yes. Eligible students must complete the four (4) requirements above by the semester deadline.

  • If awarded the Promise, students need to complete 12 units and at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify for the following Fall and Spring semesters.

 

SECOND YEAR

Students must complete Second Year eligibility requirements to receive the Promise in the Fall and maintain continued eligibility requirements for the Spring semester.

  • REQUIREMENTS
  • Complete in First Year:
  • Enroll and complete 12 units each semester
  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Complete before the 2nd Year Fall Deadline:
  • New FAFSA or (CA Dream Act)
  • Enroll: Full-time (at least 12 units)
  • Students with disabilities may contact Disability Services at Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College regarding a potentially reduced course load

 

  • NOTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY
  • Students will receive an email with the determination of acceptance or denial one week after the deadline.

 

  • TWO (2) PAYMENT OPTIONS 
  • Option 1: Do NOT pay at the time of registration.
  • Paid for by the Promise once eligibility is verified.
  • Students will not be dropped from classes for nonpayment.
  • Option 2: Pay at the time of registration.
  • Automatic reimbursement by the Promise once eligibility is verified.
  • Note: Students who receive notification that they are not eligible for the Promise will be responsible to pay account balance.
  • CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY TO SPRING SEMESTER
  • Complete 12 units in the Fall semester
  • Enroll in 12 units in the Spring semester

 

2nd YEAR ONLY

Students must complete 2nd Year Only requirements to receive the Promise in the Fall and maintain continued eligibility requirements for the Spring semester. The four (4) eligibility requirements below need to be completed by the August 31st deadline to qualify for the Promise to pay tuition and mandatory fees.

  • ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS FROM the FIRST YEAR
    • First-time college student
    • California Resident or (AB540 eligible)
    • Completed 12 units each semester
    • Maintained cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • 4 Steps 
  • 1.  New Student Orientation
  • 2.  Education Plan
  • 3.  FAFSA or (CA Dream Act)
  • 4. Full-time (at least 12 units)
  • Students with disabilities may contact Disability Services at Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College regarding a potentially reduced course load
  • Note: Any of the above requirements completed in the first year will be applied this year and do not have to be completed again.

 

  • NOTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY
  • Students will receive an email with the determination of acceptance or denial one week after the deadline.

 

  • PAYMENT OF TUITION & MANDATORY FEES
  • Option 1: Do NOT pay at the time of registration.
  • Paid for by the Promise once eligibility is verified.
  • Students will not be dropped from classes for nonpayment.
  • Option 2: Pay at the time of registration.
  • Automatic reimbursement by the Promise once eligibility is verified.
  • Note: Students who receive notification that they are not eligible for the Promise will be responsible to pay the account balance.

 

  • CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY TO SPRING SEMESTER
  • Complete 12 units in the Fall semester
  • Enroll in 12 units in the Spring semester

*Note: The Orientation and Education Plan is completed in WebAdvisor. Directions and links can be accessed from either Grossmont or Cuyamaca College websites:

Grossmont Orientation
Grossmont Education Plan

Cuyamaca Orientation
Cuyamaca Education Plan