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 

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 non payment. 

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

You must enroll at Cabrillo College in the semester immediately following high school graduation or the equivalent. 

Exception: If you entered military service directly out of high school, you must enroll within 12 months of completion of military service.

Yes, the Cabrillo Promise Program includes 2 entire years. Summer session is not required, but is an option for students who wish to include it. To be considered full-time in the summer, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units.

Yes, you qualify! You are eligible if you completed high school within the district.

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

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

Yes, you qualify! You are eligible if you completed high school within the district.

Yes, you qualify! You are eligible if you completed high school within the district.

Yes, you qualify! Contact the Guardian Scholar Program at 831-479-6115

Yes! To remain eligible, you must continue to meet grade point and completion requirements each semester. This means you must maintain a 2.0 GPA as well as complete 12+ units each semester. To continue eligibility in the Cabrillo Promise Program, you must also remain in “good standing” with the college which means you have had no reported violations of the student code of conduct at Cabrillo College.

Research shows that college students who enroll full-time, taking 12 units 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 Cabrillo Promise Program will help you do that. This allows you to transfer sooner, save your use of financial aid, and allow you to begin earning an income 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 which pays for any tuition that is not already covered by federal or state aid.

Anyone who served in the military and who meets the residency requirements, is eligible for the Promise as long as they enroll at Cabrillo Coll full-time within twelve months of their completion of service.

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