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Who's Eligible

  • First-time college students that have never attended any college. *Dual/concurrent enrollment and special admits exempt
  • California residents or AB540 eligible
  • Apply for Financial Aid each year (FAFSA or CA Dream Act)
  • Must have a major of study selected on their educational plan. *Certificates under 16 units and undecided majors are not eligible
    • 1Establishing Eligibility: Prospective New Students
      • Submit a Summer Mt. SAC College Application
        *Students MUST select a major/Undecided is not eligible
      • Apply and participate in the Summer Bridge Program or STEP Into College Program in the Summer term as your first-college experience.
      • Complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act (CADA).
        *This is a MANDATORY state requirement of all CA Promise Programs. Applicants that are not awarded financial aid due to higher incomes, will still receive the financial benefits of Promise+Plus.
      • Start college at Mt. SAC in the Summer term through either the Summer Bridge or STEP Into College program.
      • Register for an English and/or Math course in the Fall semester.
    • 2Maintaining Eligibility: Current Promise Students
      • Students must complete all the eligibility requirements listed below within the first-year of college to receive a second year of benefits.
      • Remain enrolled in 12 units for full time benefits or 6-11.5 units for part time benefits in Fall  and Spring Semesters
      • Complete two of the following courses between Fall, Winter, and Spring: English and/or Math. *Some exceptions available for qualifying certificate programs
      • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
      • Attend one Promise+Plus approved  Workshop and/or Event each semester AND make one 30 minute minimum counseling appointment each semester
      • Second-year college students must continue to meet the above listed requirements in their second year of college for continued benefits