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Make College More Affordable

The Mission Promise program is designed to make college more affordable for our first-time college students from Santa Clara Unified and beyond.

The Program covers two years of tuition and up to $1,000 for books and other educational expenses.


Apply Today

The Mission Promise Scholarship Application is now available for Spring 2024! Complete the short form.  Limited funding is available.  Awards will be administered until funding runs out. 

Please reach out to mc.promise@missioncollege.edu with any questions. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • First-time college students (no previous college units, except those earned during high school).
  • A California resident or eligible under AB540.
  • Complete the online application form.

Steps to Sign Up

STEP
1
Complete Financial Aid
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the current academic year.
STEP
2
Register Full-Time for the Fall or Spring Semester
  • Enroll in 12 units at Mission College for the Fall and Spring semesters.
    • If you are receiving services through DSPS (Disability Support Program & Services), you may qualify to take fewer than 12 units and remain eligible for the Mission Promise Program.
STEP
3
Complete the Online Orientation
STEP
4
Determine Placement 
STEP
5
Register for Math and English
  • Register for English and Math as determined by your Student Education Plan
    • Note: Some students may not need Math and English as part of their educational goal.  They are still eligible for the Mission Promise Program and are not required to complete this requirement.

Mission College Promise students must meet the following requirements to maintain eligibility for two years.

  • Maintain enrollment in 12 units at Mission College for the Fall and Spring semesters*
    • *If you are receiving services through DSPS (Disability Support Program & Services), you may qualify to take fewer than 12-units and remain eligible for the Mission Promise Program
  • Create a Comprehensive Student Education Plan with a counselor in your first semester at Mission College
  • Comply with the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
    • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
    • Complete at least 67% of units attempted each term.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the second academic year.
  • Remain a California resident or AB540 student.
  • Register for English and Math as determined by your Student Education Plan
    • Note: Some students may not need Math and English as part of their educational goal.  They are still eligible for the Mission Promise Program and are not required to complete this requirement.

Note: Summer 2024 and Winter 2024 is not included in the Promise program. If you plan on attending during the Summer or Winter we recommend you apply for the 2023-24 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application to see if you are eligible for financial aid.

  • Two years of Free Tuition (up to 15 units/term)
  • Up to $1,000 ($500/term) for books and/or other educational expenses. Amount will be based on funding and financial need.
  • Transportation assistance with a free VTA SmartPass.
  • Additional follow-up services to help you stay on track.
  • June 30 - Mission Promise Priority Deadline.
  • July 24 - First year Mission Promise Applicants Notified of Status.
  • August - Fall Disbursement.
  • December 31 - FAFSA/CADAA Application opens.
  • November - Spring registration begins.
  • Mid/Late January - Spring Disbursement.
  • March - FAFSA/CADAA March 2nd Deadline.
  • April - Fall registration begins.

* Timeline dates: subject to change.

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