Palomar Promise

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


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.

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Palomar Promise Scholars will receive up to $600/semester or $1,200/year in tuition assistance for up to two-years based on expected family contribution (EFC).


Refer to Palomar Promise for details and deadlines

First come, first served so apply ASAP

*Deadline of March 2, 2019 (for all requirements below):

  1. Apply for Admission (
  2. Complete the First Year Experience (FYE)- Palomar Promise Application.
  3. Apply for FAFSA or DREAM ACT ( or and add Palomar College (001260)



  1.  Graduate with overall high school GPA of 2.5 and complete the following by March 2, 2019:
  2. TSMP Scholar Application
  3. EVERFI “FinLit” financial literacy online course


Promise Plus funds are last dollar up to $600/semester ($1200 max per year). Student must qualify for Palomar Promise for year 1 at Palomar (eligibility determined by Palomar College) in order to be eligible for Palomar Promise Plus funds year two.

Maintaining Eligibility

once at Palomar College:

  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.

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Questions?  Visit your counselor or the College & Career Center