Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Prospective Promise Scholars
Q: When does the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Application open?
A: The application opens every spring for students interested in starting the program during the following fall semester. This year, the application will open up on March 1st, 2019. All students hoping to enter into the program starting in the Fall 2019 semester should apply as early as possible on or after that date. The application typically close right before the start of the fall semester, or sooner, if the program fills completely.
Q: How do I apply for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program?
A: In order to apply for the Promise Scholars Program (PSP) at Skyline College you must complete the following steps:
- STEP 1: Enroll at Skyline College
- STEP 2: Submit your Promise Scholars Scholarship Application (accessed via your WebSMART account Home Page)
- The Promise Scholars Program application can be found in your WebSMART "Student" tab under the label "District Promise Application." It is a simple application process, which primarily helps the college to determine student eligibility, and should take no more than a couple of minutes to fill out.
- The application for the Fall 2019 Promise Scholars Program cohort will open on March 1st, 2019. It is helpful to apply as early as possible, for full consideration.
- STEP 3: Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA or DREAM Act Application.
- Please note that you will not be accepted into the program until our Office of Financial Aid verifies that you have completed all parts of your FAFSA or Dream Application. This step is a requirement of the program, and must be completed prior to on-boarding into the program. We highly encourage students to complete their financial aid applications as soon as possible in order to be considered for the program.
- 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 or personal 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.
- STEP 5: SAVE-THE-DATE -- All students accepted into the Fall 2019 Promise Scholars Program will be required to participate in a Summer Institute, being held during the week prior to classes (Monday August 5th through Thursday August 8th, 2019). Students will be able to choose between a morning session on these days, or an afternoon session on these days, but attendance on all days is a requirement of the program.
Q: Is the FAFSA/California Dream Act Application a requirement for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program?
A: Yes. You need to submit a 2019-2020 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 Jeremy Evangelista, Program Services Coordinator in our Financial Aid office, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
A: The Promise Scholars Program has a few eligibility parameters, which include:
- Students must be attending college for the first time. Eligible students for the Fall 2019 cohort include students who started at Skyline College in the Spring of 2019, or who will enroll at Skyline College for the first time in the summer of 2019 or fall of 2019.
- Students must be seeking to earn a degree or a certificate from Skyline College. This program is for degree or certificate seeking students only. If you are planning to take a few courses for a semester and then transfer without earning a degree or certificate, this program is not going to be the right fit for you. If you are taking classes for recreation and/or part-time, this program is also not going to be the right fit for you.
- Students must be able to commit to enrolling full-time (12 units or more, with summer sessions highly encouraged)
- Students must be resident of California, or have attended a California state high school, GED, or adult continuation program.
- Students who earned concurrent or dual enrollment units while in high school are eligible to apply. Students who participate in the Middle College program 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, academic support and structured guidance for up to three full years. In order to remain in good standing in the program, students must:
Enroll full time (minimum 12 units) every semester. Summer sessions are also highly encouraged, and students who do not earn a minimum of 30 units in their first two semesters (fall and spring) will be required to sign up for units in the summer session.
Maintain academic progress, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a completion rate of above 50% (students with extenuating circumstances, especially in the first semester, may be able to remain in the program if they do not meet these parameters)
- Regularly engage and participate in program requirements, such as regular counseling appointments and counseling group sessions.
- Declare a major by the start of their second semester.
Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by start of their second semester.
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, and participate in Promise Scholars Program-approved events/workshops during their time in the program. The number and frequency of these appointments and events will be determined by the Promise Scholars Program counselor, and students will receive an individualized requirement summary at the start of each semester.
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 Vouchers: Scholars will receive vouchers for the Skyline College bookstore to offset textbook costs for two full years, and additional funding, if necessary for their third year.
Transportation: Scholars will receive monthly funds to offset transportation costs (choice of a Clipper Card or gas card, each month), provided that they fulfill their monthly counseling requirements for the program.
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 College Promise Scholars Program Counselor! Your Counselor is a master’s level trained academic, career, and personal counselor who can assist students in:
- Support you in navigating and transitioning into Skyline College
- Help you create a comprehensive education plan that respects your individual goals and vision
- Picking out appropriate classes for the semester
- Breakdown and explain the different requirements needed to transfer or receive an Associates degree
Q: Do I have to attend an orientation or other summer events in order to be part of the Promise Scholars Program?
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.
Additionally, all students accepted into the Promise Scholars Program will be required to participate in a Summer Institute which will provide information and support in making a successful transition into the first semester at Skyline College. The institute is a four day experience (students have the options of choosing a morning session or afternoon session) and all four days are required. The Fall 2019 Summer Institute cohort dates are set for Monday, August 5th 2019 through Thursday, August 8th, 2019. Students make sure to clear their schedules for these dates in order to participate in the Promise Scholars Program.
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 Promise Scholars Program Counselor in order to assess the situation and complete the necessary forms and procedures.