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What is included in the Cabrillo College Promise?
The Promise covers full time tuition for each semester.   Books, fees, supplies, living expenses, and study abroad programs are not included.  While students who wish to receive the Cabrillo College Promise are required to apply for federal and state aid through the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, it is not a requirement that you qualify for aid.   To assist students with the other expenses related to college that are not covered under the Cabrillo College Promise Program,  the college sponsors a large scholarship program and students are encouraged to apply for these additional scholarships to assist with the other costs. Information about Cabrillo scholarships can be found on the Scholarships Page

How do I access the Cabrillo College Promise?

Because the program works through a verification process the College will remove your tuition charge from your student bill after the third week of classes each semester.  This allows the College enough time to process all students who are eligible.  You should proceed with enrollment as usual and request the Cabrillo College Promise through the form on this page.  If you have questions about your bill, do not hesitate to contact us at (831) 479-6100 or, or visit our website.

What Schools are Included in the Cabrillo Promise?

Aptos, Coast Redwood, Harbor,  Pajaro Valley, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, Soquel, Watsonville, Oasis and Delta.  Selected charter, private, and alternative schools are also included.   If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at for more information.



Cabrillo College Promise Program


Up to 2 years for first time, full time students


The Cabrillo College Promise Program


In order to ensure equal access to education for all local students, Cabrillo College is providing the first two years of tuition to any graduating senior from the Cabrillo College District services area. The Cabrillo College Promise eliminates financial barriers to higher education, making a college degree a reality.



To qualify and remain in the program, students must:

1. Be a first time college student (former dual enrollment students are eligible)
2. Apply for admissions to Cabrillo College
3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Application
4. Be a graduating senior from a high school in the Cabrillo College service area
5. Enroll full time each semester and complete a full time courseload
6. Remain in good academic standing at Cabrillo and complete each semester with a minimum 2.0 G.P.A.
7. Complete the New Student Orientation.

8.  Develop an individualized Comprehensive Education Plan with a Cabrillo counselor and get the plan archived prior to their 2nd semester of receiving the award
9. Complete the Cabrillo College Promise Program Application

For the 2020-21 application (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021) click below:


If you missed the deadline and would still like to be considered, please email

Please email for questions.


Cabrillo Promise Offers More Than Just the First Two Years Free.

  • Personalized attention and assistance during your educational journey
  • Opportunities for additional scholarships to assist with books and other expenses
  • Transferable degrees and courses designed to further you in your academic goals



Appealing Your Cabrillo Promise

You will be disqualified from the Cabrillo Promise Program if you do not complete a full time course load, and/or do not obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester. If you had an extenuating circumstance and would like to appeal:



Contact Information
Main Campus
Contact: Tootie Olsen
Phone: 831-479-5730

6500 Soquel Ave

Aptos, CA 95003

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