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What is included in the Cabrillo Promise?
The Promise covers tuition for 12-15 units per semester.   Books, fees, supplies, living expenses, and study abroad programs are not included.  While students who wish to receive the Promise are required to apply for federal and state aid through the FAFSA and/or Dream Act Application, it is not a requirement that you qualify for aid.   To assist students with the other expenses related to college that are not covered under the Promise Program,  the college sponsors a large scholarship program and students are encouraged to apply for these additional scholarships to assist with the other costs. Information about Cabrillo scholarships can be found on the Scholarships Page

How do I access the Promise?

Because the program works through a verification process the College will remove your tuition charge from your student bill in the fourth week of classes each semester.  This allows the College enough time to process all students who are eligible.  You just need to proceed with enrollment as usual and request the Promise through the form on this page.  If you have questions about your bill, do not hesitate to contact us at (831) 479-6100 or, or visit our website.

What Schools are Included in the Cabrillo Promise?

Aptos, Coast Redwood, Harbor,  Pajaro Valley, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, Soquel, Watsonville, Oasis and Delta.  Selected charter, private, and alternative schools are also included.   If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at for more information.



Cabrillo College Promise Program


For 1 year for full-time, first-time students


The Cabrillo College Promise Program


In order to ensure equal access to education for all local students, Cabrillo College is providing a free, first year of tuition to any graduating senior from the Cabrillo College District services area. The Cabrillo College Promise eliminates financial barriers to higher education, making a college degree a reality.





To Qualify, Students Must...

  • Be a first-time college student (Former Dual Enrollment students are eligible)
  • Complete one of the following applications for federal and state financial aid:
    1. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    2. The California Dream Act Application


    *Even though students may not qualify for the federal or state financial aid programs, they are still required to submit an application to be eligible for the Cabrillo Promise

  • Enroll full-time (12-15 units each semester)
  • Remain in good academic standing at Cabrillo College
  • Complete New Student Orientation and develop their individualized Educational Plan with a Cabrillo counselor
  • Have recently graduated from a high school within the Cabrillo College District service area
  • Complete the Request Form:
  • Form


FOR 2018-19. 


2019-2020 Promise applications will open November 1, 2018.

PLEASE EMAIL for questions.






Cabrillo Promise Offers More Than Just A Free First Year.

  • Personalized attention and assistance during your educational journey
  • Opportunities for additional scholarships to assist with books and other expenses
  • Transferable degrees and courses designed to further you in your academic goals


Contact Information
Main Campus
Contact: Suzanne Gochis
Phone: 831-479-6527

6500 Soquel Ave

Aptos, CA 95003

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YES… Please sign me up for the Cabrillo Promise!

Remember, in order to receive the Cabrillo Promise, you must meet the following criteria:

YES. I'm enrolled full-time for fall, 2018 (12-15 units)

YES. I am a California resident or have been designated as AB540 eligible.

YES. I graduated in the spring of 2018 from a high school in the Cabrillo College service area

YES. I have applied for the 2018-2019 FAFSA and/or the California Dream Act

YES. I am ready for an amazing journey at Cabrillo College.






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