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The Palomar Promise

Free Access to College!

The Palomar Promise is designed to provide first-time college students with access to an affordable higher education and to increase college-going and completion rates in our North San Diego County service area. Students receiving Promise funding will be required to participate in the First-Year Experience (FYE) – Palomar Promise program. The First-Year Experience (FYE) program is a one-year transition program that is aimed at assisting students as they begin their journey at Palomar College. The FYE program provides academic support services that complement the financial support offered through Palomar Promise.

The Palomar Promise application is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Please note that it’s not too late to complete a 2019/2020 FAFSA for other aid options. Please visit the Palomar College Financial Aid webpage for more information.

What is Palomar Promise?

The Palomar Promise program was launched in 2017.  The program has since expanded to include all first-time college students. In an effort to increase accessibility of our program, we have removed previous eligibility restrictions such as school district, recent graduation year, and school type. Students must be a California resident or from an eligible exempt group (i.e. AB 540 and military dependents).

The Palomar Promise offers one year of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance, and access to specialized academic and career planning with related support services to first-time college students who meet the eligibility requirements.  Entering Promise students will be required to participate in the First -Year Experience (FYE) program and meet other eligibility criteria in order to receive financial support from the Palomar Promise. Palomar Promise is funded using a combination of possible state, federal and local funding resources.




Students who have been Confirmed for Palomar Promise , please read the important updates by clicking here.

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