Saddleback College Promise Program

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Information for Students: 2019-2020 Academic Year
Saddleback College promises to pay the first two years of college for eligible students.  Registration fees and book costs are included! 

Who can apply?

Saddleback College-area graduating high school seniors who successfully complete COUN 100 course with a “C” grade or better during the spring 2019 semester, and whose calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is less than $20,000 annually (the calculated EFC is determined after all financial aid documentation has been submitted to the Financial Aid Office).


Eligible students must:

  • Qualify as a California resident or be eligible by AB 540/Dream Act status
  • Register for Saddleback College courses and identify Saddleback as “College of Record”
  • Enroll in COUN 100 at a CUSD or SVUSD high school or COUN 100 online course during the spring 2019 semester
  • Complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by April 2, 2019
  • Complete the Saddleback College Promise Application by April 2, 2019
  • Submit all required financial aid documentation by May 2, 2019
  • Enroll in 15 units or more for fall 2019 and spring 2020 to include enrollments in:
  • Math and/or English each semester
  • Tutoring (TU 300—Supervised Tutoring)

Requirements for Year 2 of the Promise Program (2020-2021 Academic Year)

  • See a counselor once per semester (by October 2019 and by April 2020)
  • Complete 2020-21 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and submit all required financial aid documentation
  • Complete 30 units by the end of the spring 2020 semester
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of the spring 2020 semester
  • Be on track to achieve the math and English classes required for the student’s academic goal

Space is limited.  Promise Program application deadline is April 2, 2019.