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. Eligible students will be sent instructions on how to joing the California Promise Program via a MySJSU message. The Pledge form will also be on their MySJSU under their To Do List.

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

The registration date for incoming frosh and transfer students is set as part of the admission and orientation process. That date for the first term is the same regardless of participation in California Promise. The early registration for California Promise starts your second semester of enrollment at SJSU. 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. If you wish to be removed from the California Promise Program, please email californiapromise@sjsu.edu and request to be removed from the Program.

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. During Orientation and the first year, an advisor will work with you about what classes to take to stay on track to graduate in four years while also exploring and applying to 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 apply to. 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 apply to change my major. Am I still eligible?

You need to apply to change majors, it is not guaranteed. You can not start the application process until the start of your first semester. during your first term, go to the department office or the college success center for the major you would like to apply to and ask about the change of major application process.  For now, you can join California Promise for your current major. If your application to change major is approved, you will be eligible to remain in the California Promise program if you are still on track to graduate in four/two 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 at SJSU. 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 at SJSU) 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.