California College Promise Grant
What is the California College Promise Grant (CCPG)?
The California College Promise Grant is a state sponsored program, which waives enrollment fees ($46 per unit) for eligible California/AB540 residents and a portion of students’ parking permit fee for Fall and Spring Semesters.
To apply for the California College Promise Grant, students must have a valid FAFSA application or California Dream Act Application in our system during the current semester. Students who paid for classes prior to receiving a California College Promise Grant will receive a refund once the CCPG award is processed.
The California College Promise Grant program is not a cash award. Students who are awarded the California College Promise Grant will be responsible for the mandatory transportation fee (TSF) and health fee. Make sure you check your registration statement and pay all applicable fees to complete your registration and prevent future holds on your account.
To qualify for a California College Promise Grant, students must meet one of the following criteria:
- Receive TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or, if a dependent student, your parent(s) receive this assistance). Students must show proof (i.e. Copy of a CA-7 with current or last month’s date, agency verification)
- Be certified by the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General for eligibility for a dependent's fee waiver;
- Be eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
- Be eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.
- Meet income standards for a CCP Grant (or your parent's income, if you are a dependent student). Must show proof of income (i.e. Copy of IRS Tax transcript or IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter with copies of W-2).
- If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria, you need to complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application to apply for the California College Promise Grant and have remaining "financial need" of at least $1,104. Many students are eligible for California College Promise Grant by completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.
You must re-apply each academic year. The 2021-2022 California College Promise Grant covers Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022.
Students completing the FAFSA/Dream Act application will have their California College Promise Grant eligibility automatically determined. The California College Promise Grant will automatically appear in the student’s awards if eligible. When students register for classes, the $46/unit enrollment fees will be waived. An award notification will be sent by the Financial Aid Office once eligibility is determined. Students may also check their financial aid award status on their Financial Aid Checklist.
Important California College Promise Grant changes
Grades will be used to determine CCPG eligibility. Students who are not meeting academic standards for two consecutive terms will lose eligibility for the California College Promise Grant.
How will I know?
Students who are being placed on Academic (GPA) and/or Progress (Course Completion) probation will be notified within 30 days at the end of each term. Notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in a loss of fee waiver eligibility. After the second consecutive term of probation, students may lose eligibility for the fee waiver for the next registration opportunity.
How to maintain eligibility
In order to qualify, students must meet minimum academic standards. All grades will be used to determine CCPG eligibility. Please note that Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver eligibility is different from SAP eligibility standards for Federal and State aid programs.
How to regain eligibility
If a student loses eligibility for the California College Promise Grant, there are a few ways to have their eligibility reinstated:
- Improve GPA and/or Course Completion measures to meet academic and progress standards
- Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances
- Not attend Mt. San Jacinto College for two consecutive semesters (Fall/Spring)
Criteria for appealing the loss of California College Promise Grant due to extenuating circumstances:
- Verified accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control
- Verified change in economic situation
- Evidence of inability to obtain essential support services
- Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner
- Special consideration factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, Accommodation Service Center (formerly DSPS), and veteran students
NOTE: Foster youth and former foster youth (age 24 years and younger) are not subject to loss of the California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver under these regulations.
How to appeal
Students meeting one of the above criteria would appeal by submitting a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver appeal form with Enrollment Services. Complete the appeal form and attach a personal statement, supporting documentation and a current Comprehensive Educational Plan.
Download the Petition to Appeal the loss of California College Promise Grant and Enrollment Priority.
Students will be notified via email of their approval or denial. If approved, the California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver will be added to the student’s award if otherwise eligible.