California College Promise Grant


The Board of Governors of the California Community College system offers a fee waiver program for low-income residents of California that are attending a community college. The California College Promise Grant will waive all per unit enrollment fees and any parking permit fees in excess of $30 per term for an eligible student. 



California College Promise Grant Policy

In an effort to help students succeed in the California community colleges, the Student Success Act of 2012 (California Senate Bill 1456) was signed into law by Governor Brown. Among other aspects, the Act included the creation of minimum academic and progress standards that must be met for continued eligibility for the California College Promise Grant. These are different and separate standards from those for student federal aid, and Cal Grant.

Academic and Progress Standards

Academic Standards: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  

Progress Standards: Cumulative satisfactory completion of more than 50% of all coursework attempted.

These standards do not apply to foster youth (24 years and younger).
Eligibility to receive support services is not affected.
Exemption is extended to enrollment priority.
The 100 total degree-applicable completed unit cap does not apply to the California College Promise Grant.

In order for students to maintain eligibility, they must meet both the Academic and Progress Standards listed above. 

Within 30 days of the end of a primary term (Fall or Spring), the College will send a communication to those students who failed to meet the standards for two consecutive primary terms and will include instructions for how to appeal the loss of the California College Promise Grant. This appeal is separate from any appeal for federal student aid, and the approval of one appeal will not mean the automatic approval of the other.


Students will be able to appeal the loss of the California College Promise Grant based upon the following verifiable circumstances:

  • Extenuating circumstances – cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond a student's control.
  • A change in a student's economic situation.
  • Evidence that a student was unable to obtain essential support services.
  • Special consideration of factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS, and veteran students.
  • Students with disabilities who applied for but did not receive accommodation in a timely manner.
  • Significant academic improvement.
  • Successful appeal for enrollment priority extends to the fee waiver.

Measurement of these standards began in fall 2015.  The first semester a student could lose California College Promise Grant eligibility as a result of not meeting these standards is fall 2016.  Students who do not meet the standards will receive notifications no later than 30 days from the semester end date.


California College Promise Grant Qualifications

  • Classified as a resident of California, according to the SRJC Admissions Office
  • Meet income criteria by:
    • Providing proof that you are receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or, if a dependent student, your parent(s) receive this assistance)
    • Establishing that your 2018 income (or your parent's income, if you are a dependent student) was within set income standards for 2020-2021
    • Completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at SRJC and have remaining "financial need"
  • Congressional Medal of Honor recipient(s) (or dependent); being a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack; having certification from the California Department of Veteran Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General; or being a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty that you are eligible for this waiver.
  • Meet academic and progress standards, which are detailed above.


All students applying for a California College Promise Grant are also strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid because you might be eligible for other types of assistance while attending SRJC.

Apply at, SRJC’s school code is 001287 or California Dream Act Application, SRJC's school code is 00128700.