Silicon Valley's College Promise Programs

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Get Help to Pay for College

All community colleges in Silicon Valley help students pay for college through College Promise programs.

We can help you find the program that offers you the most financial support.

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Finding the One for You

Each College Promise looks a bit different, but all six have the following in common:

There are some important differences about each program:

  • They each offer different financial, academic, and other resources to support students
  • They each have different requirements to join the program.
  • Some programs are open to all students who qualify at the community college. Other programs allow a limited number of students per year.

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Answer some questions below to find the program that may work best for you. You can also skip the questions and compare all programs.

1. Are you a veteran who has never attended college?

You Might Qualify

You might qualify for a program:

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2. Did you graduate high school more than 9 months ago?

You Might Qualify

You might qualify for a program:

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3. Did you finish your GED after Fall 2020?

You Might Qualify

You might qualify for a program:

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4. Are you a first-time college student?

Note: Have you only taken dual enrollment and/or summer courses? If so, some programs will still consider you a first-time college student. Have you registered for classes before but did not take classes? If so, you will need to contact the program directly. They need to tell you if you would be considered a first-time college student.

5. Do you plan to enroll in college full-time or part-time?

Note: Full-time is at least 12 units per semester or quarter. De Anza and Foothill College are on the quarter system. The rest of the community colleges are on the semester system.

6. Are you a resident of Santa Clara County or eligible for resident exception - AB 540?

7. Will you start college the summer or fall after your high school graduation?

Congrats! You Qualify.

You qualify for all six programs.

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8. Will you start college the winter or spring after your high school graduation?

Congrats! You Qualify.

You qualify for Foothill College and De Anza College.

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Not Eligible, Yet

Unfortunately, students must enroll in community college to qualify. You can still compare Silicon Valley's College Promise Programs. It could help you decide on a program later when you're ready to enroll.

Remember, community colleges are open to students with a high school diploma, GED, HSE, or the equivalent. However, each community college may also choose to enroll students who do not have a high school diploma, GED, HSE, or the equivalent. If you don't have one of those, please contact the college's enrollment office to learn more about your enrollment options.

Here are some ways you can earn a high school diploma:

Learn how to apply to each community college in Silicon Valley:

7. Are you a resident of California (or eligible for resident exception - AB 540) but not Santa Clara County?

8. Will you start college the summer or fall after your high school graduation?

Congrats! You Qualify.

You qualify for five of the six programs.

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9. Will you start college the winter or spring after your high school graduation?

Congrats! You Qualify.

You qualify for Foothill College and De Anza College.

Compare Programs

Not Eligible, Yet

Unfortunately, students must enroll in community college to qualify. You can still compare Silicon Valley's College Promise Programs. It could help you decide on a program later when you're ready to enroll.

Remember, community colleges are open to students with a high school diploma, GED, HSE, or the equivalent. However, each community college may also choose to enroll students who do not have a high school diploma, GED, HSE, or the equivalent. If you don't have one of those, please contact the college's enrollment office to learn more about your enrollment options.

Here are some ways you can earn a high school diploma:

Learn how to apply to each community college in Silicon Valley:

Not Eligible

Unfortunately, you need to be California resident or qualify for the AB 540 resident exception. There might be other financial support options available to you. These California College Promise Programs are not. We encourage you to contact your local community college’s financial aid or enrollment office. They can help you explore more options.

Learn more about each of Silicon Valley's College Promise Programs:

Possibly Not Eligible

Unfortunately, only full-time students qualify for these programs. We encourage you to learn more by comparing all schools. You can also contact the programs directly. They can tell you if you can still apply for a College Promise program. For example, if you qualify for disability services, you could still apply, even if you take fewer than 12 units per semester or quarter.

Learn more about each of Silicon Valley's College Promise Programs:

Possibly Not Eligible

Unfortunately, you may not qualify for these programs. We encourage you to learn more by comparing all schools. You can also contact programs directly. They can tell you if your situation would allow you to still apply for a College Promise program or other types of financial aid.

Learn more about each of Silicon Valley's College Promise Programs: