Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, our office on the Main Campus is currently closed. Our staff is working remotely to provide the adequate support our students need.

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.


Program Application CLOSED for 2021-2022




Virtual Front Desk

Have questions? Want more info? Visit our Virtual Front Desk!
Hours: Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm

 Zoom Meeting ID: 93927256751


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 laptop OR Hartnell Bookstore voucher
  • Participation in a summer institute
  • Quarterly student success & professional development workshops
  • Mentoring by faculty and 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
  • CA resident or qualify for non-resident tuition exemption through AB540/SB68
  • Maintain enrollment as a full-time college student
  • Completion of a financial aid application
  • Completion of the summer institute
  • Participation in mentorship and quarterly workshops
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 semester GPA



November 2020 - March 2, 2021  |  DUE: March 2, 2021

Submit an application for admissions to Hartnell College through CCCApply


Submit the Salinas Valley Promise Program Application.

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

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.

April 2021 - May 31, 2021  |  DUE: May 31, 2021

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 participate in  Panther Prep Pledge

Students enrolled in fewer than 12 units may be eligible for SVP when eligible for a reduced course load as a Department of Supportive Programs and Services (DSPS) accommodation

May 2021 - June 2021

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 Institute.

Or summer bridge hosted by approved support programs*

Also, complete and submit a Commitment Contract.

July 2021 - August 2021

Attend the Summer Institute 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 [voicemail only]
    Building: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Office: Building B, Room 204A
    411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901


  •  B - Student Services

     B - Student Services