Starting in the Fall of 2017, eligible graduates of San
Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will be able to attend Palomar College
full-time and tuition-free for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s
degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.
The San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos
Promise, along with the Palomar College Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) with Palomar College to create a unique opportunity called the Palomar
Marcos Unified, in partnership with The San Marcos Promise, is proud to
announce its ‘promise’ with Palomar Community College. This is a historic partnership, considering
SMUSD will be the first district in North County to establish admission to
Palomar College with a guaranteed scholarship provided by The San Marcos
Promise and the Palomar College Foundation.
We are so grateful to Palomar College for providing this opportunity for
SMUSD graduates,” said Dr. Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified School District
Palomar Promise will build on the Palomar Pathways Program implemented at San
Marcos High School in 2015-16. In addition to receiving tuition assistance up
to $600/semester or $1,200/year from The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College
Foundations, students will be provided tools to set career goals and
participate in transition activities to increase college persistence.
Gonzales, Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President, could not have been
happier to provide support for this initiative,
“Palomar College has been serving this region for over 70 years and our
partnering with San Marcos Unified to provide a free community college
education to eligible students sends a strong message to local families that we
are united in supporting our community.”
for the Palomar Promise will require students to graduate from SMUSD with a
minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and place into transferable Math, English and
Reading, as indicated by Palomar placement test results. In addition, students will be required to
complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as the
Palomar College Foundation Scholarship Application prior to the deadline each
San Marcos Promise views the Palomar Promise Program as a natural extension of
workforce development that will provide equitable opportunities for students
seeking job training, certificate programs, associate or bachelor’s degrees.
Palomar Promise is the right thing to do.
It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community. Having affordable pathways to college and
career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,”
said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.
The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College
Foundation will continue to establish community partnerships to ensure the
Palomar Promise grows throughout the district. Both foundations are ideal
organizations to provide financial support for SMUSD college-bound students.