Frequently Asked Questions - California Promise

I am an incoming transfer student but I do not have an Associate Degree for Transfer degree. Am I still eligible for the California Promise?

Yes. The program is open to all incoming transfer students who show they are on track for a two-year degree. All eligible (California resident) students have been emailed a link to participate.  Contact CaliforniaPromise@sjsu.edu if you do not have that link.

How do I get the early registration that comes with being part of the California Promise program?

All incoming frosh register at their orientation session. Incoming transfer students register once they have attended mandatory orientation and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has verified their final transcripts. The early registration for California Promise will start for the spring registration. The early registration time will show up as your registration appointment in MySJSU.

I have been told it takes five years or more to complete my major. Am I eligible for the California Promise?

Yes. All majors are eligible, and all majors (except Nursing) have a four-year degree roadmap option. We encourage you to sign up for the California Promise program. If you end up deciding to take longer than four years, you can stop out of the program at that time.  Please note: the Roadmap for Nursing is not four years but they will be posting a four-year roadmap soon.

I am an undeclared major. Am I eligible for the California Promise program?

Yes. All majors are eligible, including Undeclared. In orientation, an advisor will talk with you about what classes to take your first year to stay on track to graduate in four years while also exploring and choosing a major.

I also want to earn a minor. Am I eligible for the California Promise program?

Maybe. It depends on your major and minor. For some combinations, it is possible to complete a major and minor in four years for frosh (and two years for transfer students). We encourage you to sign up for the California Promise program now. Then, during the next semester, see an advisor in the department of the minor you wish to declare. If you are able to create a four-year degree plan (or two years for transfers),  you will be able to remain in the program.

I am an incoming student but I want to change my major. Am I still eligible?

You need to petition to change majors, it is not guaranteed. You can not start the petition process until the start of the fall semester. So, in the fall, go to the department office or the college success center for the major you would like to switch to and ask about the change of major process.  For now, you can join California Promise for your current major. If your change of major is approved, you will be eligible to remain in the California Promise program if you are still on track to graduate in four years in your new major.

I am an AB540 Student. Am I eligible for the California Promise program?

Yes. As a Dreamer, you are eligible for the program because you are eligible for in-state tuition.

I am in a SJSU program like EOP, Spartan Scholars, ASPIRE or Humanities Honors. Can I be in the California Promise program too?

Yes. The California Promise program is not a physical program you attend so you can certainly do this and other SJSU programs. The California Promise program provides advising and early registration throughout your time at SJSU to help you stay on track to graduate in four years for frosh (two years for transfer students).

Am I eligible if I take 12 units a semester?

The point of the California Promise program is to graduate in four years (or two for transfer students). You can take 12 units and stay on track for graduation if you make up the other three units in winter or summer session. However, those sessions are not state supported so they are more expensive. You need to make sure you plan for that. If you do not earn 30 units per year (including winter and summer) that count towards your degree, you will be unable to continue in the program.

Are there fees associated with the California Promise program?

There is no fee with California Promise. The item in the eligibility criteria that says you must pay your fees on time is referring to your regular campus fees. If you don't pay those on time, you will be dropped from all of your classes. This applies to all students, not just those in the California Promise program. The reason why it could make you ineligible for California Promise is that being dropped from your classes might prevent you from getting the required classes you need to stay on track to graduate.