California Promise (SB 412)

The California Promise Program offers first-year students a pathway to complete their degree in four-years, or two-years for Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) students. Eligible students must fulfill the specific requirements of the California Promise Program and Sonoma State University will provide enhanced advising and priority registration.

Pledge Programs Available for Academic Year 2018-2019

Currently, SSU’s California Promise Program is only available for transfer students entering with a completed Associate’s Degree in Transfer (ADT) and interested in completing their remaining requirements in two years. Four-Year Pledge Programs for first-year students will not be available until academic year 2019-2020. Upper-division transfer students who have a verified ADT in the below majors may be eligible to apply for the Two-Year Pledge Program for 2018-2019. 

Click on each program for sample two-year plans.

Program Eligibility

In order to participate students must meet eligibility criteria:

  • Interested in completing a baccalaureate degree in two years.
  • Will be entering SSU Fall 2018 or later.
  • Have an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) and have declared one of the eligible majors.
  • Verified ADT completion through SSU’s Admission Office.
  • Have completed at least 50% of the units required for your degree.
  • Entering SSU in a major “similar” to the completed ADT and are committed to completing remaining requirements to earn a baccalaureate degree in that major.
  • Are a California Resident.
  • Attend orientation at entrance to the University.
  • Signed the pledge form prior to start of the first semester.

Application Process

Prospective students wanting to participate in the California Promise Program must indicate their interest on the California Promise portion of the Cal State Apply application. Four-Year Pledge Programs for first-year students will be available on the Cal State Apply application for academic year 2019-2020. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate students who express interest after they have already completed their Cal State Apply application.

Student Expectations for Continuing in the Pledge Program

  • Remain in the same major as verified (ADT) AA-T or AS-T.
  • Develop and maintain an enrollment plan with the California Promise Advisor.
  • Every semester the student must update their two-year academic plan and have the plan approved by the California Promise Advisor and faculty advisor.
  • Adding a minor to the two-year academic plan may affect California Promise Program eligibility.
  • When meeting with faculty advisor, disclose your participation as a California Promise student to ensure appropriate advising.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA unless student’s major department requires a specific higher GPA minimum and course-specific grade minimums.
  • Complete 30 semester units within each academic year. Academic year for fall admits includes fall, winter, spring, and summer terms. Academic year for spring admits includes spring, summer, fall, and winter terms.
  • Each semester after admission into the pledge program, the student must enroll in classes during the established priority registration period.
  • Enroll in required courses at those times when they are offered and/or available (which may include evening and weekend hours)
  • At the latest, attempt to meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) the semester before the anticipated graduating semester. The GWAR is met by taking the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT) or earning a C- or better in a Writing Intensive Course (WIC).
    • Expected May graduates must attempt to meet the GWAR during the fall semester.
    • Expected December graduates must attempt to meet the GWAR during the spring semester.
  • Complete a Graduation Application the semester before the anticipated graduating semester.
  • The student must pay all fees by the required deadlines.
  • Students eligible for financial assistance must meet academic progress requirements and must meet the financial aid application deadline requirements each year to continue to receive financial assistance.
  • Check SSU email account and the California Promise website on a regular basis.
  • Students must demonstrate accountability by complying with all SSU policies and procedures. Non-compliance may result in cancellation of the pledge agreement.

University Expectations

  • Review applications of students who meet California Promise eligibility requirements.
  • Provide students with a priority registration appointment for each semester they meet the requirements of the pledge (students will not receive priority registration prior to program eligibility verification or if they do not meet the expectations for continuing in the pledge program).
  • Provide a dedicated California Promise Advisor to support on-time degree completion.
  • Provide student support programs for students that foster campus and academic engagement.

The Center for Transfer & Transition Programs provides California Promise advising and transfer student support programs.