Annette Bening helps raise funds for the San Diego Promise
Mesa College graduate Annette Bening helps raise funds for the San Diego Promise in 2018. Photo courtesy SDCCD.

Local college students have until Friday, June 28, to sign up for tuition-free community college in the San Diego Community College District.

Enrollment in the two-year San Diego Promise program for tuition-free study at City, Mesa Or Miramar colleges is currently underway for the 2019-20 academic year.

More than 1,700 students from 198 California high schools have signed up for the program, which provides tuition and textbook grants for up to two years for first-time, full-time students. Recently, the district announced that fundraising for the San Diego Promise had exceeded $1 million in program support to date.

“The San Diego Promise offers much more than a financial guarantee,” said Lynn Neault, SDCCD vice chancellor of student services. “The program’s many wrap-around services result in San Diego Promise students faring better than their non-promise counterparts academically.”

Signing up for the San Diego Promise requires three steps: completing a fall 2019 admissions application for City, Mesa, or Miramar colleges; completing a 2019-20, online Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act application; and completing a promise application. All first-time students are eligible to apply, regardless of financial status.

Students can apply at

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.