Salinas Valley Promise Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility

Any high school or adult school student who has graduated from a local high school or adult school in the Hartnell Community College District and enrolls in college for the first time as a full-time (12 units or more per semester) student. Students must have applied for financial aid through either the FAFSA (https://fafsa.ed.gov/) or California Dream Act Application (https://dream.csac.ca.gov/) in order to qualify for the Salinas Valley Promise.
Yes. You are required to attend the summer leadership institute (July/August), year-long mentorship, and quarterly professional development workshops (October, February, May).
Yes, as long as you didn’t attend any other college after you graduated from a local high school or adult school.
Yes, as long as you meet all of the eligibility criteria and Summer 2019 was your very first semester of enrollment.
No. The Salinas Valley Promise is only available starting with the Fall semester.
If you drop below 12 units you will forfeit your Salinas Valley Promise funds for the upcoming Spring 2020 semester and the following semesters (Please note: requirements for the California Promise Grant, formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver, are different.)
If you do not complete a minimum of 12 units or earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the Fall term, you will not be eligible to receive the Salinas Valley Promise funds in the Spring 2020 semester and the following semesters. You will be responsible to pay your enrollment fees. (Please note: requirements for the California Promise Grant, formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver, are different.)
Yes, having a disability and being eligible for accommodations and services through DSPS does not negatively impact your eligibility for being a recipient of the Salinas Valley Promise. Students with disabilities are encouraged to plan ahead with a DSPS counselor in preparing the Salinas Valley Promise application, after completion of the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application.
Yes. However, students must meet in-state tuition requirements. Undocumented students must submit a non-resident tuition exemption form in order to qualify as California residents for tuition purposes under AB 540, AB 2000, or SB 68. If you need assistance completing or submitting the form, please contact Hartnell’s Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) at (831) 755-6723.
All graduates of Salinas Valley high schools and adult schools are eligible to apply, regardless of their citizenship status. However, students on an F1 visa will not be eligible for the Salinas Valley Promise.
Please go to Hartnell College’s Steps to Success webpage to ensure that you are informed and prepared to enroll and be successful at Hartnell College.

 

Enrollment Fees & Financial Aid

The Salinas Valley Promise will cover your first AND second year of enrollment fees for 12 or more units ($46/unit), per semester. If you meet all of the eligibility requirements and are accepted into the Salinas Valley Promise Program, you will receive an added benefit of either a laptop or the equivalent value in a voucher for books (approximately $300 value).
At the present, we are not offering the Salinas Valley Promise for the summer session.
No. The California Promise Grant is a fee waiver offered by the California Community College system for residents of California that are attending community college and demonstrate financial need.
 
The Salinas Valley Promise is a program specific to Hartnell College that includes a fee waiver (regardless of income) and additional benefits such as mentorship, professional development, and support for books or a laptop for first-time, full-time college students from the Salinas Valley.
The “Promise” will be posted to your Hartnell student account and will pay for your enrollment fees. You will be responsible for paying the $10-per-semester student activity fee.
If you paid your enrollment fees before you were awarded the Salinas Valley Promise Grant, you can start the process of reimbursement through the Cashiers Office by visiting or calling (831) 755-6998. The Salians Valley Promise Grant will need to be in your student account before a reimbursement can be processed.
The Salinas Valley Promise is intended to cover two years of enrollment fee costs for full-time students through various sources of funding. If you receive a California Promise Fee Waiver Grant, your enrollment fees will be paid through that grant. In the event that you are not eligible for the California Promise Grant, and you are eligible for the Salinas Valley Promise Grant, you will receive the Salinas Valley Promise Grant to pay for enrollment fees.
 
Private scholarships awarded to students outside of federal or state financial aid will not reduce the amount provided through the Salinas Valley Promise unless total funds awarded exceed the total cost of attendance at Hartnell.
No. However, please note that if state or financial aid does not fully cover Hartnell enrollment fees, students who meet other eligibility requirements for the Salinas Valley Promise will have the remaining enrollment fees covered by the Salinas Valley Promise Grant.

 

Program info 

Here is a list of local high schools and adult schools in the Hartnell Community College District: https://www.hartnell.edu/promise/svp_localschools.html

Additional benefits of the 'Promise' are a free laptop or support for books (of equivalent value), mentorship by an industry mentor, participation in a summer leadership institute, and professional development workshops.
Please contact Hartnell College Office of Equity Programs at (831) 755-6723 for additional information related to the Salinas Valley Promise.
 
Please contact the Financial Aid Office (831) 755-6806 if you have questions regarding applying for financial aid.
 
Please contact the Admissions and Records Office at (831) 755-6711 if you have questions regarding enrolling at Hartnell College.
Please contact the Hartnell College Foundation at (831) 755-6810 or visit our giving page (https://give.hartnell.edu/donate) and designate your gift to the Salinas Valley Promise.

 

Who To Contact

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

Location

  •  B - Student Services

     B - Student Services