Promise Program FAQs


2019-2020 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? 

No, you are not eligible to apply to the Promise Program.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled in Counseling 100 in spring 2019 to qualify for the 2019-2020 Promise Program.

 

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

No. You must complete Counseling 100 [COUN 100] with a grade of C or better in order to be eligible for the Promise Program.

 

  1. My parents make over $100,000 a year.  Should I even bother applying for the 2019-2020 Promise Program?

Yes. You should still submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA or the Dream Act application AND also apply to the Promise Program.  Financial Aid regulations are complex, and eligibility will depend on each student’s situation, taking into account household size, income, and assets.  

 

  1. Will all applicants who meet your program requirements be accepted into the Promise Program?   

No. There are only 500 spots available in the program, so only the first 500 applicants who have completed their paperwork and have met all program requirements by the deadlines will be accepted into the Promise Program.  Students will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. After the first 500 are accepted, students who have completed their paperwork and who have met all program requirements will be placed on a waitlist and will be considered if space becomes available.

 

  1. What happens if I drop Counseling 100 before the end of the spring 2019 semester?

To qualify for the Promise Program, students must complete the Counseling 100 course, and also pass it with a grade of C or better.  

 

  1. I need to work full-time during the fall 2019 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; Promise students will be given the opportunity to also enroll in a summer 2019 class and count those units towards the fall 2019 requirements of 15 units if they fall short for some reason.

 

  1. Can my sibling apply too?

Yes. If your sibling is enrolled in Counseling 100 and meets Promise Program criteria, he/she may apply.

 

  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 am 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 must have a high school diploma or the equivalent to be able to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Act application which is a requirement for the Promise Program. If you do not complete your High School Diploma or the equivalent by the end of the summer, you will not qualify for the Promise Program.

 

  1. I cannot attend one of the four Promise “Family Information Nights” scheduled for December 11, December 12, February 26, and February 27? Does this mean I can’t apply for the Promise Program?

Attendance at a “Family Information Night” is not mandatory. Please connect with your Counseling 100 counselor to get your questions answered, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Act application, and submit the Promise Program application by the published deadlines. 

 

  1. Your flyer states that Saddleback College 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 Promise Program benefit?

No. A requirement of the program is that the Promise students must access all other financial assistance for which they are eligible before accessing Promise Program benefits. If all of your textbook costs are covered by book vouchers from other Saddleback College programs, then you will not receive an additional $500 per semester for books from the Promise Program. 

 

  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 may use the $100 per semester ($200 per year) to help 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.

 

  1. Can I be part of the Promise Program if I enroll in a certificate program such as Cosmetology?

Yes.  If you enroll at Advance Beauty College, the Promise Program will cover tuition and material fees for your two years of college.   If you enroll at Hair California Beauty Academy or Saddleback Beauty Academy, the Promise Program will cover your tuition and material fees only for the first year.

 

  1. I am having a difficult time completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA.  Is there help available?

Yes. Please attend one of our application workshops on the below dates and times. All workshops will be held on the Saddleback College campus, room SSC 140.

Monday          December 3, 2018      (5pm - 7pm)
Thursday        December 13, 2018    (5pm - 7pm)
Tuesday         January 8, 2019         (6pm – 8pm)
Wednesday     January 23, 2019        (6pm - 8pm)
Monday          February 4, 2019        (5pm - 7pm)
Tuesday         February 12, 2019      (6pm - 8pm)
Thursday        February 21, 2019      (5pm - 7pm)
Monday          March 4, 2019            (5pm - 7pm)
Thursday        March 21, 2019          (5pm - 7pm)
Tuesday         March 26, 2019          (6pm - 8pm)
Wednesday     March 27, 2019          (6pm - 8pm)

You can also attend a free financial aid application workshop held every Tuesday from 4:00pm - 5:30pm on the Saddleback College campus, room 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?

Yes. Please attend one of our application workshops on the below dates and times. All workshops will be held on the Saddleback College campus, room SSC 140.

Monday          December 3, 2018      (5pm - 7pm)
Thursday        December 13, 2018    (5pm - 7pm)
Tuesday         January 8, 2019         (6pm – 8pm)
Wednesday     January 23, 2019        (6pm - 8pm)
Monday          February 4, 2019        (5pm - 7pm)
Tuesday         February 12, 2019      (6pm - 8pm)
Thursday        February 21, 2019      (5pm - 7pm)
Monday          March 4, 2019            (5pm - 7pm)
Thursday        March 21, 2019          (5pm - 7pm)
Tuesday         March 26, 2019          (6pm - 8pm)
Wednesday     March 27, 2019          (6pm - 8pm)

You can also attend a free financial aid application workshop held every Tuesday from 4:00pm - 5:30pm on the Saddleback College campus, room 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 am having a hard time submitting the Promise Program 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 still need help submitting the application after reviewing the step-by-step guide, please contact the Student Services Office at 949-582-4566. 

 

  1. When will I be notified that I have been officially accepted into the Saddleback College Promise Program?

Saddleback College will send out official notifications between May 21, 2019 - June 17, 2019 to applicants regarding their acceptance into our 2019-2020 Promise Program.

 

  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.