Eligibility & Requirements

Eligible students must complete the following requirements by the semester deadline:

FIRST-TIME college student
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CA DREAM ACT application
Click here to complete online: Grossmont and/or Cuyamaca.
(How-To Video).
FULL-TIME attendance (at least 12 units)
Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise covers tuition and mandatory fees (student health, representation, and Cuyamaca construction fee).
Books, supplies, parking permits, and other class fees are not included.

The Pledge

Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise is our commitment to offering world-class education for first-time college students who can benefit from college and career training. The Promise is an educational pathway for students to attend college and prepare for a 21st-century career.

OUR Pledge

Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges pledge to ...
  1. SUPPORT you in understanding and navigating your college and career journey
  2. ASSIST you in preparing for college and career training:
    • College and financial aid applications
    • Orientation, placement/assessment, and education plan
    • Clear pathways to jobs and university transfer, as well as career advancement
  3. COMMIT to helping you succeed in meeting your goals
  4. PROVIDE free tuition and mandatory fees for your first academic year of college when you meet eligibility requirements

YOUR Pledge

I pledge to ...
  1. TAKE CHARGE of my future with the college’s help
  2. GET READY to attend college and do the following:
    • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application
    • Complete the college onboarding process:
      • Application
      • Placeement/Assessment
      • Orientation
      • Education Plan
  3. ATTEND Grossmont or Cuyamaca College full-time (at least 12 college units per semester)
  4. COMMIT to my college success:
    • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher and full-time status to remain eligible
    • Actively participate in college events
    • Make steady progress on my education plan
    • Ask for the help I need to fulfill my goals

I pledge to be successful to the best of my abilities and understand the expectations of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise. I will ultimately earn and complete an associate degree, workforce certificate, and/or meet university transfer requirements. I will seek help from the college when I need support with my college and career pathway.

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Frequently Asked Questions




Promise students impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic and need to withdraw below 12-units must
log into Web Advisor and select the COVID-19 option as the reason for withdrawal.
The Excused Withdrawal waives the full-time requirements for the Spring semester and does not affect Fall eligibility.
Please call 619-644-7033 for more information.