Palomar Promise

Palomar Promise

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

To learn more about the programs and their various guidelines, please download the document below:

Palomar Promise Comparison & Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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Complete the Palomar Pathways tasks below by May 5th, 2017:

  1. Complete Palomar College Admissions Application
  2. Complete the First Year Experience (FYE) & Promise Application
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act and Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) Application

Priority application deadline is May 5, 2017

Eligible students may continue to apply to join the First Year Experience program and the Palomar Promise program after the deadline, but will only receive financial support if funds are still available.