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)479-6469 or promise@cabrillo.edu 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Cabrillo Promise Program works through a verification process. We will begin processing awards after the second week of each 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 ASC student, please reach out directly to promise@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.

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.

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 below. 

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.

Applications are welcome at any time; however, we are unable to award if an academic year has ended.

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, they submit an appeal, explain their situation and we do not disqualify them for not completing 12 units for a semester. However, they do lose out on the semester they are gone.

For first-time college students attending Cabrillo College full-time, 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.

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.