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College & Career Center » Palomar Promise

Palomar Promise


To be eligible for 2024-2025 Palomar Promise, applicants must:

  • Be a first-time college student (units earned through dual/concurrent enrollment are exempt)
  • Be a California resident or from an eligible exempt group (i.e. AB 540 or military dependent)
  • Complete, submit and have on record with Palomar College the Official FAFSA or California Dream Act application; must include the Palomar College school code: 001260.
  • Complete the Palomar Promise application
  • Enroll full-time and maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Students who have a disability which interferes with taking a full course load may be eligible for accommodations, including a waiver of the 12 unit requirement, through the Palomar College’s Disability Resource Center (DRC).



For the 2024-2025 academic year, Promise students in good standing will receive the following benefits:

  • Free tuition for up to two years ($46/ unit, up to 19 units per semester, material fees not included)
  • Promise textbook assistance (up to $300 per semester for the first year; up to $100 per semester for the 2nd year)
  • Digital parking permit
  • Priority registration for the first year (better chances of getting the classes you want, when and where you want them)
  • Academic/career counseling services
  • Individualized educational plan
  • Academic enrichment, career, and social activities throughout the year
  • Special events to help students connect with the Palomar college resources and campus community (peers, staff, and faculty)
  • *Program benefits subject to available funding

Apply to Palomar College Online

Apply online to Palomar College at CCCApply or go to

Questions? Call the Admissions Office at (760) 744-1150, Ext. 2164



Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application, and include Palomar College School Code: 001260. You must have a valid application on file with the college for your FYE-Palomar Promise application to be considered.

Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2366



Set Up & Check Your Student Email

Activate your student email and download the Palomar College Mobile App. Check your email frequently for important updates. Financial Aid Office and FYE-Palomar Promise will only communicate with you via your Palomar student email account.

Questions? Call the Palomar College Information Services Help Desk at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2140 or dial directly using (760) 744-1150, ext. 3931.



Palomar Promise Application

Visit My Palomar (eServices) to submit your Palomar Promise application. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis pending availability of program funds.

Questions? Call the TLC San Marcos at (760) 744-1150, ext. 3931.



Complete the New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for new students. Visit to complete your orientation online or sign up for an in-person orientation.

Questions?  Call the Orientation & Follow-Up Services Office at (760) 744-1150, ext. 3783.



Develop Your Educational Plan

Schedule a counseling appointment to develop your educational plan. Contact the TLC San Marcos at (760) 744-1150, ext. 3931 to schedule your one-on-one appointment with a counselor. You may also contact the Counseling Department at (760) 891-7511 to schedule an appointment.



Register for Classes

Enroll in a minimum of 12 units on your priority registration date. Participate in Discover Palomar in June to receive assistance with registering for classes, and to familiarize yourself with campus programs and resources.

Register for classes on My Palomar (eServices). Click here for instructions.