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Acting Promise Coordinator

Karla Trutna

Promise Graduate Assistant

Donnaly Atajar

Promise Counselor

Miriam Pacheco

For Questions Call: 619-388-2230
San Diego Promise

Student Services
San Diego Promise


Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is included in the Promise Scholarship?

New students participating in Promise for 2018-19 will receive the following:

  • In-State tuition and health fees will be covered for Fall and Spring. Note: Student Parking and Student Rep Fees are not included.
  • Individualized support to help you complete your educational goals.
  • Assigned a Peer Navigator (through the CRUISE Program)
  • Individualized counseling and guidance support
  • Priority consideration for transfer to SDSU

*Students who meet program requirements in their first year may be eligible for free tuition in their second year.

For students in the 2017-18 cohort who are continuing in Promise for 2018-19, a $250 book grant will also be provided for the year.

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What happens if I accidentally paid my fees?

Please contact your Promise Coordinator if you paid your fees. As a Promise student you are awarded a scholarship that will cover and tuition and fees after any eligible financial aid has been applied to your account.

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What can I purchase at the bookstore?

Use of your Promise bookgrant is limited to text books and access codes for course required materials.

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What if the book I need is not available at the bookstore?

First, verify that the book is not available at the bookstore with bookstore staff. If a course required book is not available at the bookstore, contact your Promise Coordinator. They will provide you with a reimbursement form. You will need to purchase the book or course materials yourself, and will be reimbursed by the Promise program.

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How do I complete my community service?

Part of the San Diego Promise is to help students engage with the local community through acts of community service. All Promise students must complete eight hours in their first year to be eligible for the second year. Students may find volunteer opportunities by visiting the San Diego Volunteer Connect website at for volunteer opportunities.

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