Palomar Promise and Promise Plus

Palomar Promise

We currently offer two pathways for SMUSD graduates interested in pursuing college-level coursework upon graduation: the Palomar Promise & Palomar Promise+.


Eligible graduates of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) class of 2019 will be able to attend Palomar College full-time and tuition-free for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program leading to job placement and a promising career.

Palomar Promise Plus will end with the class of 2019, but Palomar Promise will still be available to all SMUSD graduates.


Palomar research suggests when students begin course work at college level, having eliminated the need for remediation, their chances to successfully complete a two-year program is much greater. The Palomar Promise provides a clear pathway for students to prepare for college-level work and offset higher education costs.      


Palomar Promise Scholars will receive one year of free course enrollment and related registration fees at Palomar College, up to $700 in textbook assistance, priority enrollment, as well as other specialized academic and career planning support services offered through the First Year Experience (FYE) Program.

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Deadline: March 2, 2019

Select “HS graduate,” NOT “HS student”

Add Palomar College (001260) for your college

  • Apply for First Year Experience (FYE) Program / Promise (lower right of the Student Center screen)

Questions or concerns with FYE or Promise applications: visit or call 760-744-1150 ext. 3931


To qualify for Palomar Promise+ (2nd year tuition at Palomar College for the Class of 2019)

Deadline: March 2, 2019

Additional Requirements (upon graduation)

  • Graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA

OTHER STEPS TO COMPLETE (before you will be able to enroll in classes)

  • Submit your final high school transcript to Palomar College by July 1, 2019
  • Complete Orientation at Palomar College or online


Funding: Promise Plus funds are last dollar up to $600/semester ($1200 max per year).  Students who qualify for the Board of Governers (BOGW) Fee Waiver do not qualify for Promise Plus funds, as their tuition will be covered through the BOGW.

To maintain eligibility for Promise Plus funding, students must:

  1. Maintain full-time status (12 units or more per semester), a 2.0 overall GPA and be continuously enrolled as a Palomar student to receive funding each semester.
  2. Complete the FAFSA or CA DREAM Act by the deadline each year
  3. Complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per academic year at TSMP, SMUSD, and/or community events as communicated through TSMP staff.  Volunteer hours are due to the TSMP office no later than May 24, 2019.


Palomar Promise Details:

First Year Experience:

Palomar College Admissions: (760) 744-1150 x2164

The San Marcos Promise: (760) 290-2890 

Questions? Visit your counselor or the College & Career Center