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Make College More Affordable

The Mission Promise program is designed to make college more affordable for our first-time college students from Santa Clara Unified and beyond.

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  • Two years of Free Tuition (up to 15units/term) beginning in the Fall
  • Up to $1,000 for books and/or other educational expenses. Amount will be based on funding and financial need.
  • $500/term)Transportation assistance with a free VTA SmartPass.
  • Additional follow-up services to help you stay on track.
  • Be a new, first-time college student for the Fall term (summer will not be counted against you)
  • Apply for the Mission Promise Program by June 30 *
  • We encourage you to continue to apply and we will add you to the interest list.
  • Register for at least 12 units or the equivalent by priority deadline for the Fall
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid OR California Dream Act Application
  • Must be a CA resident or qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver (e.g. AB540 Affidavit)

June 30 - Mission Promise Priority Deadline 
July 24 - First year Mission Promise Applicants Notified of Status  
August -Fall Disbursement 
October - FAFSA/CADAA Application opens 
November - Spring registration begins 
Mid/Late January - Spring Disbursement 
March - FAFSA/CADAA March 2nd Deadline 
April - Fall registration begins

* Timeline dates: subject to change.


Q: I registered for classes and now have a balance. I thought the Mission Promise was going to pay my fees. What should I do? 
A:  All Mission Promise applicants will be notified of their status by July 24th*. Eligible students will have their registration fees paid prior to the August 17th Drop for Non-Payment Deadline. Students can either pay their fees now and receive a refund or wait for their fees to be paid by the Mission Promise Program. 

Q: If I pay for my classes now will I get a refund if I qualify for Mission Promise? 
A: Yes, if you pay for your fees now you will get a refund. 

Q: What should I do if I submitted by FAFSA/CADAA but do not see any financial aid in the Portal? 
A: Please reach out to someone in Financial Aid as there may be some error in the system that is causing a delay.

Q: When will I know if I got accepted for the MC Promise? 
A: Students who apply by the June 30th priority deadline will be notified of their acceptance by July 24th*.  

Q: I submitted my MC Promise application what do I do next? 
A: Make sure you have met all the requirements for the Mission Promise: 
Be a first-time college student 
Register in at least 12 units or the full-time equivalent 
Submit your FAFSA/CADAA to Mission College  
Check your MC Portal for financial aid updates 
Follow the Steps for Success 

Q: If I take a summer course, will I still be considered first-time college student for the Mission Promise in the Fall? 
A: Yes. 

Q: Are summer courses covered by the Mission Promise? 
A: Summer courses are not included in the Mission Promise. Summer courses are covered by the previous academic year FAFSA/CADAA. We encourage you to apply to see if you are summer financial aid eligible.

*Dates subject to change

First Year Requirements

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid OR California Dream Act Application
  •  Enroll in 12 units for Fall (9units if enrolled with DSPS)
  • Complete Placement Assistance Tool
  • Complete Online COMEVO orientation 
  • End of Spring term unit completion must complete 50% of cumulative units attempted
  • Must comply with the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Complete Math & English requirement
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA at Mission College and enroll in at least 12 units or the equivalent for the Spring term

Second Year Requirements

  • Submit your FAFSA or CADAA
  • Complete Fall/Spring term courses
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete Orientation
  • Completed a Comprehensive Educational Plan 

Note: Summer 2021 is not included in the Promise program. If you plan on attending during the summer we recommend you apply for the 2020-21 FAFSA or Cal Dream Act financial aid inorder to see if you are summer aid eligible.

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