Salinas Valley Promise

A FREE Start on an Exceptional Education

PLUS, total support for your success

The Salinas Valley Promise program combines instructional excellence with professional guidance, leadership development, life-skills training and a scholarship to ensure your success.

You pay zero in-state tuition as a first-time, full-time student, regardless of your family income.


Benefits of the Promise

As a Salinas Valley Promise student, you receive:
  • Two years with zero in-state tuition, regardless of household income
  • A free computer OR support for books
  • Participation in a summer leadership institute
  • Quarterly professional development workshops
  • Mentoring by a local professional


Requirements of the Promise

  • Graduate from a local high school or adult school within the Hartnell Community College District
  • Be a first-time college student
  • Maintain enrollment as a full-time college student
  • Completion of a financial aid application
  • Completion of the summer leadership institute
  • Participation in mentorship and quarterly workshops
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 semester GPA



October 2019 - March 2, 2020  |  DUE: March 2, 2020

Submit an application for admissions to Hartnell College through CCCApply

Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act Application

Indicate Hartnell College (School Code: 001209) on your application. Up to 7 schools can be added.

Submit the Salinas Valley Promise Intent Form.

A Hartnell student ID and account is required to sign-in and submit the form (see Step 1). 

April 2020 - May 31, 2020  |  DUE: May 31, 2020

Enroll and continue as a full-time student at Hartnell College during Fall and Spring semesters (12 or more units each semester).

a. Waitlisted courses do not count towards the 12 units
b. It is highly recommended you attend Panther Prep Day

May 2020 - June 2020

Students will be notified via email of admission into the Salinas Valley Promise program. Acceptance will require completion of a Commitment Contract.

After acceptance into Salinas Valley promise, sign-up for the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).

Or summer bridge hosted by approved support programs*

Also, complete and submit a Commitment Contract.

July 2020 - August 2020

Attend the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) you signed-up for.

Or summer bridge hosted by approved support programs*



Who To Contact

  • Salinas Valley Promise
    Office of Equity Programs
    Phone: (831) 755-6723
    Building: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Office: Building B, Room 204A
    411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901


  •  B - Student Services

     B - Student Services