Information for Parents

What is the Palomar Promise?

The Palomar Promise is a comprehensive student success program that seeks to increase the college-going rate of local high school graduates.  Through a package of free financial resources and academic support services, WE PROMISE to assist students to enroll in college, stay on track to complete their academic and career development goals, and upon graduation from Palomar College either enter the workforce or transfer to the four-year college or university of their choice.

What benefits will my student receive from the Palomar Promise?

  • One-year of free course enrollment and related registration fees at Palomar College
  • Up to $1,000 in text book assistance during the first year of enrollment
  • Specialized academic and career planning with related support services provided by the First Year Experience (FYE) program
  • Priority enrollment while enrolled at Palomar College
  • Guaranteed Admission to CSU San Marcos if students meet transfer eligibility requirements

How does my student become eligible for the Palomar Promise?

  • Be a 2017 high school graduate from an eligible high school within the Palomar College service area
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application and the Board of Governor’s Fee Wavier (BOGFW) application
  • Enroll full-time (a minimum of 12 units) at Palomar College within one year of high school graduation
  • Agree to participate in the FYE program and agree to follow the FYE/Promise Student Success Agreement

How does my student maintain eligibility for the Palomar Promise?

  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units per semester while attending Palomar College
  • Meet with a Student Success Counselor to establish a student education plan
  • Actively engage in the FYE program and follow the FYE/Promise Student Success agreement
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA while attending Palomar College

How does my student apply to join the Palomar Promise?

  • Complete the Palomar College admissions application
  • Complete the FYE/Promise application
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application and the Board of Governor’s Fee Wavier (BOGFW) application
  • The priority application deadline to join the Palomar Promise is May 5, 2017.

Are there other ways for me to support my student while enrolled at Palomar College?

  • Encourage your student to enroll in at least 15 units each semester
  • Encourage your student to engage in college by using the many free resources available on campus, such as tutoring, counseling, career services, and student government
  • Encourage your student to work no more than 20 hours per week during the semester