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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.

Want to be part of the MISSION COLLEGE PROMISE contact Lucia Moreno at

We are here to support you as a new Mission College Student!

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