Financial Aid

Cabrillo Promise Program FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Cabrillo Promise Program 

If your question is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email at:

(831)479-6548 or financial.aid@cabrillo.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students will receive an email titled "Cabrillo Promise Program Acknowledgement" within 1-2 weeks of Cabrillo College receiving their FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. Keep an eye out for this email because it contains vital information!

Please make sure that your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application has the Cabrillo College school code listed. Without the school code your application will not be sent to our office. Cabrillo College school code is 001124.

A student must have a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid Application on file to determine eligibility for the Cabrillo Promise Program. If we do not have a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application on file your award will not be processed. We are unable to process awards for previous academic years.

The Cabrillo Promise Program works through a verification process. Students who meet ALL requirements of the program will be automatically awarded after the second week of the semester. Until then, please do not pay your registration balance. Once we apply any eligible Cabrillo Promise Program award to your account you can pay the remaining fees at that time. You will not be dropped for nonpayment.

Please Note: Awards will be based on a students current enrollment status at the time of awarding.

Full-time enrollment means you are taking at least 12 units *a semester at Cabrillo College.

If an Accessibility Support Center (ASC) student, please reach out directly to financial.aid@cabrillo.edu as you may qualify for a reduced course load.

Research shows that college students who enroll full-time, taking even 12 credits worth of course work in a single semester, are much more likely stick with college, save money and eventually graduate. We want our students to achieve their goals and the Promise will help you do that. This allows you to transfer sooner, save your use of financial aid, and allow you to begin earning in your career sooner.

Your Federal Pell Grant and/or California College Promise Grant (CCPG) or any other scholarship designated for "tuition" will be used first. The Cabrillo Promise Program is a scholarship that pays for any tuition that is not already covered by federal or state aid.

Yes, we can accept students who attended a previous year at another CA Community College. However, these students are only eligible to receive one year of the Cabrillo Promise Program. 

The Cabrillo Promise Program is designed for first-time college students attending Cabrillo College full-time. Unfortunately, when a student attends a four-year university this makes them ineligible for the Cabrillo Promise Program.

If you attended a CA Community College prior to attending Cabrillo College please see the question above.

The Cabrillo Promise Program is only available to students who are California residents or determined AB540 by Admissions & Records after completing the AB540 exemption request.

Beginning in 2022-2023, there will be no application needed to be enrolled in the Cabrillo Promise Program. Students who meet ALL requirements of the program will be automatically awarded after the second week of the semester. Awards will be based on a students current enrollment status at the time of awarding.

All students are eligible for the Cabrillo Promise Program regardless of their citizenship status, including citizens, eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students are eligible. Please note, students on a student F1 visa are not eligible for the Cabrillo Promise Program.

We can pause for a semester, but cannot extend. The program is only for two years and cannot go past that time frame. We have had a select few students who have had to be absent for a semester due to extenuating circumstances. In these cases, we ask for a student statement explaining their situation, which can be sent to financial.aid@cabrillo.edu along with their full name, student ID number and term in which they will be absent. The student will lose out on the semester they are gone.

For first-time college students attending Cabrillo College full-time (12+ units*), the Cabrillo Promise Program covers the tuition fee of $46 per unit. The program does not cover the mandatory school fees associated with Cabrillo Colleg or book/material fees. To assist students with the other expenses that are not covered under the Cabrillo 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.

* If an Accessibility Support Center (ASC) student, please reach out directly to financial.aid@cabrillo.edu as you may qualify for a reduced course load.

Awards will be based on a student's current enrollment status at the time of awarding. If a student drops units before being accepted into the program, the dropped units fees will not be covered. It is very important to complete your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid Application as soon as possible to avoid a delay in processing awards.

Yes, however, to be eligible for summer, a student must enroll in 12 units.

Please note: Students are not required to take summer courses to maintain Cabrillo Promise Program eligibility.

Yes! In this case, students would receive one year of the Cabrillo Promise Program.