The MiraCosta Promise FAQ
How do I apply for the Promise?
To apply to the program, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) and apply to MiraCosta College.
What are the eligibility requirements for "The Promise"?
In order to be eligible for the MiraCosta Promise, a participant must:
- Be a first-time/full-time (FT/FT) college student. (First-Time students who have not previously attended a college or university. Students who take courses for the first time during the preceding summer session or while enrolled in high school are still considered first-time.
- Apply to attend MiraCosta College for four consecutive primary semesters (fall & spring) and commit to enrolling in 12 units or more each semester.
- Register for 12 units or more by the full-semester add/drop deadline each semester.
- Maintain enrollment in 12 units or more each semester.
- Be a resident of the state of California for tuition purposes (or be AB540 eligible).
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the full-semester add/drop deadline of your first semester (fall 2019 - September 1, 2019; spring 2020 - February 2, 2020).
What are the benefits of the Promise?
Eligible students will have their mandatory fees waived (enrollment fees, health fee, and student center fee) for two years (second year pending state budget approval).
How do I know if I am a California Resident?
When you submit your online application through CCCApply, the system will make a preliminary residency determination for you based on your responses to the questions.
If there is a question about whether or not you qualify to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, the Office of Admissions and Records will contact you for further information.
The residency rules as established by Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations require (among other things) a one-year physical presence in the state of California prior to the first day of the semester, combined with one year of evidence of intent and ability to establish residency in California. Students may be required to present evidence regarding their residency. Some exceptions and limitations to the residency requirement exist; please call the Admissions and Records Office, 760.795.6620 or 760.634.7870 if you have questions about residency requirements.
What is AB540?
Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) is a California State Law that allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition fees at any UC, CSU, or California Community College. If you attended a high school in California for three or more years and graduated from a high school in California, you may be eligible for AB540. For more detailed information, please see http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/admissions/ab540.html.
How do I complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is quick and free. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal aid and state aid, such as a Federal Pell Grant, the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) and Cal Grant. This application gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. Your financial aid can be used whether you are pursuing a degree, planning to transfer to a four-year college, or are enrolled in one of our eligible certificate programs. View MiraCosta College’s Financial Aid Office website for help on how to submit your FAFSA.
How do I complete the California Dream Act Application?
If you are not eligible to submit a FAFSA due to your citizenship status, but meet the AB540 residency standards, please complete the California Dream Act Application. This application will determine your eligibility for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG and Cal Grant. View MiraCosta College’s Financial Aid Office website for help on how to submit your California Dream Act Application.
Am I eligible if I don't attend MiraCosta College directly after high school?
Yes. At this point in time, the MiraCosta Promise is available to any first-time/full-time (FT/FT) college student, regardless of where they live in California. FT/FT students are students that have no prior postsecondary experience and are attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level.
What financial resources are available to students apart from the Promise?
The MiraCosta College Foundation supports many scholarships throughout the fall and spring semesters. A majority of the scholarships are for continuing MiraCosta College students, but there are also scholarships for MiraCosta College students transferring to four-year institutions and for graduating high school seniors planning to enroll at MiraCosta College in the fall. Visit the Scholarship Office website for more details.
Federal Pell Grant & FSEOG
Federal Pell Grant– Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students who meet the financial, academic, and eligibility requirements. Your Federal Pell Grant award is based on your enrollment status as of MiraCosta College’s add/drop deadline for each term. Federal Pell Grant awards will be recalculated based upon this enrollment status and your award letter will be updated. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)–FSEOG funds will be disbursed to Federal Pell Grant-eligible students, who have the greatest need, until funds are exhausted. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) units to receive FSEOG funds. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Cal Grant A, B & C
Cal Grant A, B, and C are available to undergraduate students who meet the financial, academic, and eligibility requirements, and apply on time. Cal Grant B and C are the only programs offered at MiraCosta College. The award amount will be based on your enrollment status as of MiraCosta College’s add/drop deadline for each term. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application.
California Chaffee Grant for Foster Youth
Chaffee Grants are available to students who are or were in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18, as a dependent or ward of the court. Students must complete a FAFSA, or California Dream Act Application, and a Chaffee Grant application to determine eligibility. Students may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units). To be considered for a California Chaffee Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application.
Federal Work Study
The Federal Work Study Program offers part-time, on-campus jobs to eligible financial aid applicants. For more information, contact the MiraCosta College Career Center.
Federal Direct Loans
Students may be eligible for a Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loan through the Federal Government. However, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely necessary. Take the time now to ask questions and make the right decision about borrowing money to pay for school. The MiraCosta Financial Aid Office does not participate in certifying alternative/private education bank loans or Parent Plus loans.
What's the next step?
All students (new and current) are encouraged to complete Spartan Prep. Completing Spartan Prep gets you off to a great start on your college career and can help students qualify for priority registration. Spartan Prep is an online guide for you to complete Online Orientation and Advisement, and an example First Semester Education Plan. The easiest way to take yourself through all the steps for Spartan Prep is to log on to your SURF Account and click on the Spartan Prep tile.