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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program?

A: In order to apply for the SCSP, you must complete the following steps:

  • STEP 1: Enroll at Skyline College
  • STEP 2: Submit Promise Scholars Scholarship Application (accessed via your WebSMART account Home Page)
    • Student applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and this year’s priority review date is May 5, 2018. We encourage students to apply early.
  • STEP 3: Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA or DREAM Act Application.
  • STEP 4: Meet with the Promise Scholars Program Team and Finalize Your Spot.
    • After you complete and submit your Promise Scholars Program application, you will receive an email to your SMCCD email account which will outline all the necessary steps and actions you will need to take in order to finalize your acceptance into the program. This will include assessment, meeting with a Promise Scholars Program counselor, and attending an orientation.

Q: Is the FAFSA/California Dream Act Application a requirement for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program?

A: Yes. You need to submit a 2018-2019 FAFSA/California Dream Act Application and list Skyline College (School Code: 007713) on the application. If you are having trouble completing your application, or have questions, please reach out to Madison Steele, Promise Services Coordinator in our Financial Aid office, at steelem@smccd.edu or (650) 738-4390. You can also visit the office of Financial Aid at Skyline College, Located in Building 2, Room 2-234.

Q: How do I know if I qualify to apply for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Program?

A: Students who are eligible to receive the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program must be an incoming first year student in the Fall 2018 semester and also must have graduated from high school, an adult continuation program, or received their GED after October 1, 2017. Graduating Middle College and graduating Concurrent students are also eligible to apply.

Q: How long does the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program last?

A: The Promise Scholars Program will provide students who are accepted into the program with financial support for the whole academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer semesters) as long as the student maintains the agreed responsibilities below:

  • 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 start of the spring 2018 semester.

  • Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by start of the spring 2018 semester.

Students receive other wrap-around services, like priority class registration and a dedicated counselor until they graduate or transfer.

Scholars are also eligible to receive monthly funds to offset their transportation costs up until they graduate or transfer.

Q: What are the additional requirements in order to keep my scholarship?

A: On top of the main responsibilities to maintain your scholarship recipient status, all Promise Scholars are required to meet with their designated Skyline Promise Scholars Program Counselor, or participate in Promise Scholars Program-approved events/workshops during their time in the program. In their first semester as a Promise Scholar, students are required to participate in eight “points of contact.” These “points of contact” may include meeting with their designated counselor, attending a career workshop, participating in a personal finance training, etc. For the second semester onwards, students will work with their dedicated counselor to determine how many additional points of contact they will be required to meet.

Q: What are the benefits from receiving the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program (SCPSP)?

A: Promise Scholars receive a whole range of benefits, including:

  • Financial: Waivers for college fees (including: enrollment fees, health fee, student rep fee, student union fee, student body fee)

  • Textbooks: Scholars will have their textbook costs covered during their first fully year in the Promise Scholars Program (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 semesters)

  • Transportation: Scholars will receive monthly funds to offset transportation costs.

  • Academic and Counseling Supports: Scholars are paired with a dedicated Promise Counselor, receive priority registration for classes, tutoring and additional instruction support, and opportunities to connect with peer mentors to navigate the college experience.

Q: I am confused about what classes I need to take in order to graduate and/or transfer. Who can I talk to?

A: One of the most amazing benefits of the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program is that every student has complete access to a Skyline Promise Counselor! Your Counselor is a master’s level trained academic, career, and personal counselor who can assist students in:

  1. Picking out appropriate classes for the semester
  2. Breakdown and explain the different requirements needed to transfer or receive an Associates
  3. Best Skyline Campus student support services to refer you to
  4. Help you create a comprehensive education plan that respects your individual goals and vision

Q: How do I schedule an appointment to meet with the Skyline Promise Counselor?

A: If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Skyline Promise Counselor, please call the Counseling Front Desk at (650) 738-4318 and let the front desk staff know you are a "Promise Scholar". All Promise Scholars have the option of setting (1) 30 minute appointments or (2) 1 hours appointments.

*Please note certain availability dates may be restricted at specific points in the semester

Q: Do I have to attend an orientation in order to receive my scholarship?

A: All incoming, first semester, Skyline students must attend a New Student Orientation before enrolling into the Fall semester and beginning the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program. Promise Scholars will be required to attend an additional event to review program expectations, policies, and information prior to beginning in the fall semester. New Scholars should check their email regularly for updates regarding Promise Scholars orientation and required events.

Q: What will happen to my scholarship if I have to withdraw from a class halfway through the semester and will no longer be full-time?

A: Life happens and balance in order to be and feel successful is very important. If there is a need to withdraw from a course, Scholars first meet with their Skyline Promise Counselor in order to assess the situation and complete the necessary forms and procedures.

Promise Lending Library FAQs

Q: What does the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Lending Library provide?

A: The Lending Library allows you to borrow most required course materials for enrolled classes such as textbooks and readers for the term.

Q: What types of course materials are not provided by the Promise Scholar Program Lending Library?

A: The Lending Library cannot provide online access codes (aka web codes), lab manuals, workbooks, goggles, kits, musical instruments, uniforms, etc. You are responsible for obtaining these items.

Q: What are the requirements of the Promise Scholar Program Lending Library?

A: You must be a current Promise Scholar and also register for or have an active Peninsula Library System account at the time of the loan.

Q: How do I access the Lending Library?

A: The Skyline College Promise Counselor will meet with you to discuss the Promise Scholar Program Lending Library and complete a form that indicates which course materials you are eligible to borrow. Bring the completed form to the Library (Bldg. 5, floor 2) Check Out and Reserves desk for staff assistance.

Q: What happens if I add or drop a course?

If you add a course after obtaining Lending Library textbooks and course materials, you need to see your counselor for new Lending Library item approval. If you drop a course, you need to return associated course materials to the Library within 24 hours of changing your schedule.

Q: What happens if I do not return or damage Lending Library items?

You are responsible for the full replacement cost of course materials if the item is returned past the due date, if item fails to be returned, item is damaged/lost/stolen, item is returned with excessive marking/highlighting/annotations/missing pages, etc.