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Promise Scholars Program

At Skyline College first-time college students can attend college for free their first year!

Want your college to cover your books? Done.

Want a dedicated counselor to help you graduate on time. We’ve also got you covered.

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What Does the Promise Scholars Program Include?

The Promise Scholars Program covers all student fees and lending library access for the first year that a student is enrolled (Beginning in Fall semester, and continuing through Spring and Summer semesters). 

The Promise Scholars Program Includes:

  • Coverage of the below fees:
    • Enrollment Fees
    • Health Fee
    • Student Rep Fee
    • Student Union Fee
    • Student Body Fee
    • Note: Fees are covered for Skyline College fees only
  • Summer Scholars Institute
  • Lending library access
  • Dedicated counseling support
  • Career Readiness


The 2018-2019 Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Application will open in December 2017.

How Do I Apply?

U.S. Students      International Students

You’ll begin the online application process by creating an OpenCCC account.

During this process you'll be asked for your intended major and an educational goal, along with some basic personal, educational and residency information.

After applying, you’ll receive your Student ID Number (G-Number) via email.

The 2018-2019 Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Application will open in December 2017.

Students need to apply for Federal Student Aid (17/18 FAFSA) OR the 17/18 California DREAM Act in order to be eligible for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program.

New Student Orientation, either online or in-person, will provide you with the information, resources, and tools you need to be successful at Skyline College.

We offer an Online Orientation for students who cannot come to campus, although we highly recommend you schedule an in-person Orientation through our counseling office located in Building 2.

Skyline College offers two options:

  • You may take Placement Tests in English / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and mathematics to help determine appropriate course placement.
  • You may be evaluated through Alternative Placement by using high school transcripts and/or tests.


Counselors are here to help you navigate your educational experience and reach your goals. You'll need to meet with the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program counselor once in both the fall and spring semesters. You’ll discuss your placement results, select the courses that are right for you and create a thorough educational plan to help you map out your academic experience.

Once you’ve completed steps 1-6, you’ll be issued your registration date. Please note that you will only be able to register for classes on or after your registration date. Visit WebSMART to register for classes, pay fees, view grades, access your student email and purchase a parking permit.

Check the Registration Dates to get an idea of when you may be scheduled to register.

What are my responsibilities as a participant?

Participants in the Promise Scholars Program must agree to:

  • Enroll full time (minimum 12 units) for fall and spring terms only.
  • Maintain academic progress, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a completion rate of above 50%.
  • Declare a major by the end of the Spring semester.
  • Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by the end of Spring semester.
  • Meet with Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Counselor once in both fall and spring semester.