Eligibility & Requirements

As a first-time college student, you'll need to take these steps to receive the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise:

Be a first-time college student (includes dual enrollment or concurrent high school students) and a California resident or AB540 eligible
Review and sign the Promise Pledge
Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA or California Dream Act application
Complete the college onboarding process at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College: Application, Orientation, Assessment, and Education Plan. For additional assistance, watch this video to help you complete the online orientation and abbreviated education plan.
Attend as a full-time student at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College (At least 12 credit units per semester)
Maintain a 2.0 college grade point average or higher to remain eligible
Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise covers tuition (enrollment) fees and mandatory fees (student health, representation, and Cuyamaca construction fee). Books, supplies, parking permits, and other class fees are not included, although additional financial support may be available through financial aid for eligible students. If you start in the spring semester, only spring fees will be covered.

The Pledge

Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise is our commitment to offer a 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. By providing my contact information, I authorize Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District representatives to contact me.

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