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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 first and second-year enrollment fees for 12 or more units ($46 per unit), for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Support for books, meals, electronic devices and/or transportation may be covered if students qualify.


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 Student FinAid Web Portal. 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 Financial Aid office for more information at 831-646-4030. 


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.

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.