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Palomar Promise+ Program

Palomar College has partnered with the San Marcos Promise and the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) to offer the Palomar Promise+ program.  Beginning in the Fall of 2018, eligible graduates of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will be able to attend Palomar College full-time and tuition-free for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program leading to job placement and a promising career.


Research suggests when students begin course work at college level, having eliminated the need for remediation, their chances to successfully complete a two-year program is much greater. The Palomar Promise+ is designed to provide a clear pathway for students to prepare for college-level coursework while in high school and then offset higher education costs.      


Palomar Promise+ scholars will receive up to $600/semester or $1,200/year in tuition assistance for up to two-years while attending Palomar College.  Awards are not based on household income or financial need.  These awards are only available to 2018 high school graduates of SMUSD.  

Eligibility Guidelines

Prior to graduation students must:

  1. Students will graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA AND place into transferable level Math1, English and Reading per the Palomar College placement process. [1]
  2. Students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application by the federal deadlines each school year.
  3. Students will be required to successfully enroll into Palomar College as a full-time student (12 units or more per semester) the fall semester immediately following their SMUSD high school graduation.
  4. Successful completion of Palomar Pathways – A series of tasks, which need to be completed during the senior year to satisfy all Palomar College entrance requirements and to prepare for successful transition to Palomar College.

To maintain eligibility students must:

  1. Students are responsible for maintaining full-time status, a 2.5 overall GPA and be continuously enrolled as a Palomar student to receive funding each semester.
  2. Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by the federal deadline each year
  3. Upon successful completion of all CSU transfer requirements within three years from the time of graduation, students transferring to CSU San Marcos may apply to the San Marcos Promise to receive the PACE Promise Scholarship, a total value of $2,000 over two years.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per academic year to represent as a Palomar Promise Scholar with either The San Marcos Promise (TSMP), SMUSD, Palomar College and/or community events as communicated through TSMP staff.

Application Process

Graduating high school students will be guided through Palomar Pathways while in high school to successfully enroll into the program and to become a Palomar College Promise Scholar.

[1] Students may substitute placement into transferrable level math by completing the Palomar College Mathematics Preparatory Course (Math 50/60) offered at SMUSD

For more information regarding Palomar Promise+, please see the contact information below:

Herbie Smith
Executive Director
Telephone: (760) 290-2890
Fax: (760) 471-4928