The SF State California Promise Program

SF State California Promise is a two-year pledge program for incoming undergraduate transfer students. The goal of the program is to provide student participants with resources and guidance to assist them in completing their bachelor's degree within two years. Benefits of the program include priority registration for classes, and specialized educational planning support. 

PLEASE NOTE: The SF State California Promise Program is not affiliated with the California Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors' Fee Waiver) offered through the California Community Colleges system.  There is no financial aid associated with the SF State California Promise Program, and participation in the program does not impact a student's SF State admission status.

Application Requirements for Fall 2022

In order to apply to the program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Incoming SF State transfer student. First semester at SF State will be Fall 2022.
  • Completed an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester. AA-T or AS-T must be verified by SF State Undergraduate Admissions by September 10, 2022.
  • Accepted in a SF State approved ADT pathway (See a list of approved ADT pathways)
  • Qualify for California residency or AB 540
  • Submit an application to the program by September 10, 2022.

Students can only apply to the SF State California Promise program at the start of their first semester at SF State. Applications open up a couple months before the semester starts and are accepted through the third week of classes every Fall and Spring Semester. 


The application will be linked on this website starting on June 1, 2022.



Once accepted in the program, students must maintain the following requirements to remain eligible:

  • 90 overall earned units by the end of the first academic year (includes units transferred to SF State)
  • 2.00 minimum GPA
  • Remain declared in a SF State approved ADT pathway

An ADT is a degree (AA-T or AS-T) awarded through the California Community Colleges, and a requirement for the SF State California Promise Program. This degree is different from an associate degree (AA or AS). Students interested in California Promise, will need to confirm with their community college that they earned AA-T or AS-T, and not an AA or AS. For more informatoin about ADTs, please visit the California Community Colleges' website, or speak with your community college counselor. 

Students will also need to have their ADT verified by SF State Undergraduate Admissions by September 10, 2022. In order to have an ADT verified, students must send official community college transcripts to SF State Undergraduate Admissions after their community college has posted their ADT to their community college transcript. 

This is a major that aligns with a particular AA-T or AS-T. Students accepted in a major that's a SF State approved ADT pathway and earned the relevant AA-T or AS-T, can complete their SF State bachelor's degree in 60 units. The SF State California Promise Program builds off the approved ADT pathway, by assisting students in finishing these 60 units within two years by providing student participants with priority registration for classes and specialized educational planning support.

McCall Olson

The California Promise Program
Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning
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