Promise Program FAQs

Coming Soon: Promise Program (2019-2020 Academic Year)

2018-2019 Academic Year:

  1. I am a high school student who is not enrolled in Counseling 100, am I eligible to apply for the Promise Program? 

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the Promise program.  You must be enrolled in Counseling 100 in spring 2018 to apply for the 2018-19 Promise program.
 

  1. I know that I do not qualify for financial aid, do I still need to complete a FAFSA in order to be eligible for the Promise Program?

The FAFSA or California Dream Act application are required as part of the Promise Program application process and must be submitted by April 19th.

 

  1. I am enrolled in Counseling 100, but will receive a failing grade, can I still apply for the Promise Program?

You must complete Counseling 100 [COUN 100] with a grade of C or better in order to be eligible for the Promise Program.
 

  1. What if I drop Counseling 100 before the end of the spring 2018 semester?

You will not be eligible to apply for the Promise Program unless you are enrolled and maintain your enrollment in Counseling 100 for the entire spring 2018 semester.
 

  1. I need to work full time during the fall 2018 semester and will not be able to enroll in 15 units.  How do I address this issue so that I can still participate in the Promise Program?

To be eligible for the Promise Program, you must be enrolled in 15 units per semester. Please connect with your counselor to discuss your concern. 
 

  1. Can my sibling apply too?

If your sibling is enrolled in Counseling 100, he/she is eligible to apply for the Promise Program.
 

  1. My GPA is very low.  Are there any GPA requirements associated with the Promise Program? 

You are still eligible to apply for the Promise Program, however, you should be aware that to continue in the Promise Program during your second year of college, you will need to maintain a 2.0 GPA.  
 

  1. I’m not going to graduate from high school in June; due to unit deficiency.  I plan to graduate in the summer. Am I eligible for the Promise Program?

Students are not required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent to participate in the Saddleback Promise Program; however, students must pass Counseling 100 course with a C or better.

  1. I cannot attend one of the three Promise “Family Information Nights” scheduled for mid-April 2018? Will this jeopardize my application for the Promise Program?

Attendance at a “Family Information Night” is not mandatory, but please connect with your Counseling 100 counselor to get your questions answered, complete your FAFSA and Promise Program application by the published deadlines. 
 

  1.  I want to add Counseling 100 to my schedule.  Is it too late to add?

The deadline to register for Counseling 100 in the spring 2018 semester was February 12, 2018.  It is too late to add this class.
 

  1. Your flyer states that Saddleback promises to pay for my “first two years of college”.  What exactly will be covered if I am accepted into this program?
    • If accepted to our Saddleback Promise program, Saddleback College will cover:
    • Enrollment fees (currently $46 per unit),
    • Required Material Fees (if any),
    • Required Field Study Fees (if any),
    • Required Student Health Fee ($20 per semester)
    • Textbook costs (up to $500 per semester, for rental or purchase of used/new books)
    • Supplies or Incidental costs ($100 per semester)

 

  1. I am eligible for book vouchers through other programs at Saddleback College.  Will I also get the $500 per semester Saddleback Promise benefit?

A requirement of the program is that the Promise student access all of the financial assistance she/he is eligible for before accessing Promise benefits. If all of your textbook costs are covered by book vouchers from other Saddleback College programs, no, you will not receive an additional $500 per semester from our Promise program.

 

  1. Your Financial Aid Office says that my parents make too much money and I am not eligible for any financial aid.  Can I still get the textbook assistance?  What if the cost of textbooks is way more than what the Promise program offers?

If you do not qualify for any Federal or State financial aid assistance due to information you provided on your 2018-19 FAFSA, you may still be eligible to receive the $500 per semester Promise program textbook assistance.  If the cost of your books for the fall 2018 semester exceeds the $500 per semester award, contact our office and we will direct you to “book loan” programs on campus.

 

  1. Your flyer did not mention paying for parking fees or bus passes or other school-related costs.  Does your program provide assistance with these additional expenses?

If accepted into our Promise program, you will receive $100 (per semester) to cover school supplies or other incidental expenses.  You can use the $100 per semester ($200 per year) to help you with the cost of transportation, additional school supplies, etc.

 

  1. I am enrolled in Saddleback’s Automotive Technology program that requires us to buy our automotive tools, costing up to $2,000.  If accepted into your Promise program, will the cost of these tools be covered by the program?

The Promise program will not cover the cost of these automotive tools. Students enrolled in our Automotive Technology program are not required to purchase automotive tools as a condition of enrollment.  Some students qualify for financial support to purchase tools via industry supported scholarships or professional tools from industry suppliers.  These student support opportunities are normally competitive in nature. 

  1. I am having a difficult time completing the FAFSA.  Is there help available?

Please attend one of the three Promise “Family Information Nights” scheduled for April 16, 17, and 18 at Saddleback College, Student Services Building (SSC 212) from 7p – 9p.

You can also attend a free financial aid application workshop held every Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Saddleback College in SSC 140 or contact the Financial Aid Office at Saddleback College for additional assistance, (949) 582-4860. 
 

  1.  I am having trouble completing the California Dream Act Application.  Can someone help me?

Please attend one of the three Promise “Family Information Nights” scheduled for April 16, 17, and 18 at Saddleback College, Student Services Building (SSC 212) from 7p – 9p.

You can also attend a free financial aid application workshop held every Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Saddleback College in SSC 140 or contact the Financial Aid Office at Saddleback College for additional assistance, (949) 582-4860. 
   

  1. I don’t meet all of the stated requirements for the Promise program. What can I do to be considered?

Eligibility requirements were established with the student’s success in mind. If you would like your case and specific circumstances taken into account, please complete our Promise Program Appeal form. While your situation will be given full consideration, there are no guarantees that exceptions will be made. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

  1. I have a lot of questions regarding your Promise program and can’t seem to find the answers I need on your Promise website.  Can I speak to a live person?

Yes, please contact our office at (949) 582-4566 if you need additional assistance or need more information.

  1. I am having a hard time submitting the Promise Application, are there instructions to help me through this process?

Yes, you can view a step by step guide on how to submit the Saddleback College Promise Program application. If you continue to have challenges in submitting the application after reviewing the step by step guide, please contact the Student Services Office at 949-582-4566.