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Monterey Peninsula College Promise FAQs

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Who is eligible for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise?
Any high school or adult school graduate who registers at MPC for the first time as a full-time (12 units or more per semester) student. Students must also apply for financial aid through either the FAFSA (https://fafsa.ed.gov/) or California Dream Act Application (https://www.csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act) to qualify.


What costs are covered by the Monterey Peninsula College Promise?
The Monterey Peninsula College Promise covers the first year enrollment fees for 12 or more units ($46 per unit), for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Other term fees (student health, student body card, student center use fee, supplies, transportation, living expenses, etc.) are not covered.


Which high schools are included in the Monterey Peninsula College Promise?

All high schools and adult schools within the Monterey Peninsula College District. (Carmel Valley High, Carmel Adult School, Carmel High, Marina High, Learning for Life Charter School, Central Coast High, Monterey Adult School, Monterey High, Seaside High, Community High, Pacific Grove Adult, Pacific Grove High, Big Sur Charter, Pacific Valley (K-12), Chartwell School, Monterey Bay Christian School, Pacific Lighthouse Academy, Santa Catalina School, Stevenson School, Trinity Christian High School, York School)

*Please contact Student Financial Services at 831-646-4030 for other qualifying schools.



Am I eligible for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise if I received college credit before graduating from high school?
Yes, as long as you did not attend any college after you graduated from high school.


When and how will I know if I received the Monterey Peninsula College Promise?

The Monterey Peninsula College Promise scholarship will be posted to your WebReg student portal and will be reflected on your "class schedule/fees" page. You will be responsible for paying other term fees such as the student health fee, student center fee, parking fees, etc.


Do other scholarships and financial aid affect my ability to receive the Monterey Peninsula College Promise?

Pell grant and/or California Promise Grant (formerly call the BOG fee waiver) or any other scholarships designated for “tuition” will be used first and then the Monterey Peninsula College Promise will fulfill the rest of your enrollment fees. The Monterey Peninsula College Promise is a scholarship which pays for any enrollment fees that are not already covered by federal or state financial aid.


Do I qualify if I am not a California resident?

The Monterey Peninsula College Promise is only available to students who meet California residency requirements or have been determined AB 540 by the Office of Admissions and Records.


Am I eligible for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise if I am not a U.S. Citizen?

Citizens, eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students are eligible for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise. Students on F1 visas are not eligible for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise.


What if I already paid my tuition and qualify for the Monterey Peninsula Promise?

You will be eligible for a refund. Refunds take approximately six weeks to process. Please contact the Office of Admissions and Records for more information at 831-646-4002. 


What happens if I drop below 12 units in a semester?
You are expected to remain enrolled in at least 12 units while receiving the Monterey Peninsula College Promise. If you drop below 12 units in the Fall semester, you will no longer be eligible for the Monterey Peninsula College Promise for the upcoming Spring semester.


Can I start the Monterey Peninsula College Promise in the Spring 2019 or Summer 2019?

The 2018-2019 Monterey Peninsula College Promise is only available to students who start in Fall 2018 and are registered in 12 or more units during the semester, including late start classes.


Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Student Financial Services at 831-646-4030 for additional information about the Monterey Peninsula College Promise. You can also visit the Student Financial Services website for more information.