Financial Aid

Cabrillo Promise Program

Cabrillo Promise Program

In order to ensure equal access to education for all students, Cabrillo College is providing the first two years of tuition to any first-time college student. The Cabrillo Promise Program eliminates financial barriers to higher education, making a college degree a reality.

Please Note: The 2022-2023 application will be available in April 2022.


The Cabrillo Promise Program covers full-time tuition fees (12+ units) for each semester for first-time college students attending Cabrillo College.   Books, material fees, supplies, living expenses, and study abroad programs are not included.  To assist students with the other expenses related to the college 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. Information about Cabrillo College scholarships can be found on the Scholarships Page.

Students who wish to receive the Cabrillo Promise Program are required to apply for federal and state aid through the FAFSA or Dream Act Application. Federal or state financial aid is awarded first, and if you are not eligible you are considered for the program. 

To Qualify, Students Must:

  • Be a first-time student attending Cabrillo College full-time (former dual enrollment students are eligible)

  • Be a California resident or be determined AB540 eligible

  • Apply for admissions for Cabrillo College

  • Submit a FAFSA or a CA Dream Act Application

  • AND complete the Cabrillo Promise Program Application (application is good for two years)

*Please Note: Cabrillo College Promise Program funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. It is important to get your application in as soon as possible.

To Remain in the Cabrillo Promise Program, Students Must,

  • Complete at least 12+ units each semester at Cabrillo College
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA each term
  • Complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application in the second year

You will be disqualified from the Cabrillo Promise Program if you do not complete a full time (12+ units) course load, and/or do not obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester. If you experienced an extenuating circumstance and would like to appeal:

  1. Download the PDF Appeal Form
  2. Explain in detail the circumstances of your appeal
  3. Email your appeal and include supporting documentation to
2021-2022 Cabrillo Promise Program Application