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Promise Contact INFO

Location: I4-101 (Student Services)
Phone: (619) 388-2230

Promise Coordinator

Karla Trutna

Student Services Technician

Donnaly Atajar

Promise Counselor

Miriam Pacheco

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San Diego Promise

Student Services
San Diego Promise

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The San Diego Promise is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates enrolled full-time (12 units per semester during Fall and Spring). The program provides up to two years of free tuition or a book grant for eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: access to a peer mentor, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities. 


  • Must be a first-time college student*
  • Must be a recent high school graduate** (H.S. Diploma or GED) OR identify with one of the following groups:
    • Foster Youth Student
    • Veteran of U.S. Armed Forces
    • Formerly Incarcerated Student
    • Undocumented Student
  • Must be a California resident or AB 540 eligible
  • Must complete a financial aid application (FAFSA or CA Dream Act) and include San Diego Mesa College (school code 001275)
  • Must be prepared to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester (does not apply to students with a DSPS Waiver of Full-Time Status Requirement on file)

*Students who completed college courses while in high school are eligible
** First time to college high school graduates from the previous year (H.S. Diploma or GED) may be eligible

information and annoucements


The San Diego Promise application for Fall 2022 is now closed.  
High school seniors graduating early who plan to attend Mesa College in Spring 2023 may apply to the San Diego Promise program as a Spring admit. Please note that Spring 2023 admits will receive up to 3 semesters covered (Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024), unless a student specifically requests to defer Promise benefits to Fall 2023 and receive 4 semesters covered (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025).
If you have questions about the Promise program at Mesa College, please email your full name, student ID number, and inquiry to