Palomar Promise

Palomar Promise+

Value: Up to $1,200/Year Restricted Scholarship


Starting in the Fall of 2017, eligible graduates of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) 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 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 College Promise Scholars will receive up to $600/semester or $1,200/year in tuition assistance for up to two-years. Awards are not based on household income or financial need.


Eligibility Guidelines

Prior to graduation students must:

  1. Students will graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA AND place into transferable level Math1, English and Reading per Palomar placement process. [1]
  2. Students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA DREAM Act by the federal deadlines each school year.
  3. Students will be required to successfully enroll into Palomar College as a full-time student (12 units or more per semester) the fall semester immediately following their SMUSD high school graduation.
  4. Successful completion of Palomar Pathways– A series of tasks, which need to be completed during the senior year to satisfy all Palomar entrance requirements and to prepare for successful transition to Palomar.

To maintain eligibility students must:

  1. Students are responsible for maintaining full-time status, 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 March 2nd deadline each year
  3. Upon successful completion of all CSU transfer requirements within three years from the time of graduation, students transferring to CSUSM may apply to receive the PACE Promise Scholarship, a total value of $2,000 over two years.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per academic year to represent as a Palomar Promise Scholar at either TSMP, SMUSD, Palmar and/ or community events as communicated through TSMP staff.

Application Process

Students will be guided through Palomar Pathways to successfully enroll into the program and to become a Palomar College Promise Scholar.

[1] Students may substitute placement into transferrable level math by completing the Palomar College Mathematics Preparatory Course (Math 50/60) offered at SMUSD