California Promise Program

Sonoma State University has long been committed to providing our students tools and support to graduate in a timely manner. The California Promise Program, established through California Senate Bill 412, is intended to facilitate on-time graduation. Through this pledge program, Sonoma State is able to provide an additional pathway for entering first-time, first-year students who are both interested and able to complete their baccalaureate degrees in four years. In addition, this pledge program supports transfer students who have completed an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from a California Community College and who are both interestd and able to complete their baccalaureate degrees in two years. This program is limited to students who are residents of California.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING

Students participating in the program will receive a variety of benefits, including:

  • Support: Tailored academic advising from a California Promise Advisor to support on-time graduation, complimenting the academic advising provided by students' primary faculty advisor and/or professional academic advisor.
  • Access: Early access to courses each semester via a priority registration appointment.
  • Success: Maintaining eligibility for the program sets you up for success! On average, Sonoma State students who take at least 15-units per term earn higher GPA’s, have higher persistence rates, and are more likely to graduate on-time.
  • Savings: On-time graduation can save students up to $14,410 per semester, or $28,820 annually.
  • Increased earning potential: In California, on average, a person with a bachelor’s degree earns $60,521 per year compared to $30,627 for a person with only a high school diploma. That is nearly $30,000 more per year!

HOW TO APPLY

Prospective students wanting to participate in the California Promise Program must indicate their interest during the application process, by completing the California Promise portion of the Cal State Apply application. More information can be found through Cal State Apply, via their California Promise Program webpage. Students who have expressed their interest during the application process will be contacted for next steps. Note, at this time, we may not be able to accommodate students who express interest after they have already completed their Cal State Apply application.

ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE 2-YEAR PROGRAM

In order to participate in the 2-year program, incoming transfer students must meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Interested and able to complete a baccalaureate degree in two years.
  • Starting at Sonoma State in Fall 2017 or later.
  • Have an ADT, to be verified through our Admissions Office.
  • Have declared one of the eligible majors, which must be "similar" to the completed ADT
  • Have completed at least 50% of the units required for the degree.
  • Be a California Resident.
  • Attend orientation at entrance to the University.
  • Complete a California Promise Program pledge form.

ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE 4-YEAR PROGRAM

In order to participate in the 4-year program, incoming first-time, first-year students must meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Interested and able to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years.
  • Starting at Sonoma State in Fall 2019 or later.
  • Have declared one of the eligible majors.
  • Be a California Resident.
  • Meet at least one of the following three conditions:
    • Qualify as a low-income student;
    • Be a graduate of a high school located in a community that is underrepresented in college attendance; and/or
    • Be a first-generation college student.
  • Attend orientation at entrance to the University.
  • Complete a California Promise Program pledge form.

MAINTAINING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM

In order to continue to participate in either the 2-year or 4-year program, students are expected to:

  • Develop and maintain a 2-year or 4-year enrollment plan with your primary faculty advisor and/or professional academic advisor, using the Degree Planner tool within the Student Center of your MySSU portal.
  • Review the enrollment plan with your California Promise Advisor every semester.
  • Maintain good academic standing with at least a 2.000 GPA in all college units attempted (cumulative GPA) and for all units attempted at Sonoma State University (resident GPA).
  • Complete 30-semester units within each academic year, which may include winter and summer intersessions.
  • Complete all required courses on the first attempt with the minimum grade required.
  • Clear any registration holds prior to your assigned priority registration window.
  • Register for classes during your assigned priority registration window, i.e., within the first 24-hours of your registration appointment.
  • Take required classes when they are offered, regardless of the scheduled time.
  • Unless sequenced otherwise by your major, attempt to meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) no later than the semester before the semester you anticipate graduating.
  • Submit a Graduation Application no later than the semester before the semester you anticipate graduating.
  • Pay fees by the required deadlines.
  • Remain in your admitted major. If you wish to change majors (or add a major or minor), you must first receive approval from both your California Promise Advisor and an advisor in the new department, verifying that the change will not impede your time to degree.
  • Complete your degree within two years if you are a transfer or four years if you are a first-time, first-year student, beginning with the first term of enrollment.

QUESTIONS?

The Advising & Transfer Center administers the California Promise Program. We are located on the first-floor of the library, in Schulz 1125A. Our telephone number is 707-664-2730. You may also email us at ssuadvisingcenter@sonoma.edu. When emailing, please include your name, SSU ID number, major, and whether you're inquiring about the 2-year or 4-year program.