Become a Promise Scholar, and your tuition is covered


Promise Scholar Benefits
  • No student debt!
  • More significant career opportunities with greater earning potential than those with only a high school diploma.
  • Available to all high school seniors at participating high schools, regardless of GPA.

Yes, you read that right: The 2021 Promise @ San Jac program offers money to help cover tuition for students from South Houston High School, J. Frank Dobie High School, and Sam Rayburn High School to complete their certificate or associate degree at San Jacinto College.

Promise @ San Jac is a collaboration between San Jacinto College and Pasadena ISD.



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What Promise Scholars Have to Say
Azhia Alvarez, Dobie High School student
Azhia Alvarez, Dobie HS

"The Promise program has benefited me in such a good way by my parents not worrying about having to pay out of pocket for tuition. Being a first-generation college student, Promise is allowing me to be the first person in my family to attend college."

Gustavo Almazan, Sam Rayburn High School student
Gustavo Almazan, Sam Rayburn HS

"This has been one of the biggest blessings for my family and I. When my sister was going to San Jac, she didn’t have this opportunity so it was harder financially. Now that I’m attending college through the Promise program, it’s helped save income that allows my family and I to do more for ourselves."

Tatyana Johnson, Dobie High School student

"I was getting anxiety and feeling like time was running out as far as where I was going to attend college this fall. Even though my grades and GPA were good, I still wasn’t getting accepted into the colleges and universities I had applied to, and I remembered San Jac had the Promise program."

Step 1

Apply for the Promise Pledge through your high school counselor by Feb. 5, 2021.

Step 2

Apply to San Jacinto College through at no cost by March 12, 2021.

Apply for financial aid by April 9, 2021.

Enroll at San Jacinto College by July 16, 2021.

Call, email or connect virtually -- it's up to you.

Financial Aid

Apply to FAFSA or TASFA by the deadline. Find more info on FAFSA in Financial Aid, or start your application now at The San Jac FAFSA code is 003609.

To decide whether FAFSA or TASFA is right for you, visit this page. For help, schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor.

We will never disclose any personal or financial information to any unauthorized third party, so your information is safe with us.

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Enrolling at San Jacinto requires the following:

  • Attending new student online orientation. Register by logging into your Student Online System (S.O.S.) account.

  • Showing proof of a meningitis vaccination or booster before enrolling in classes if you're under age 22.

  • Meeting with an advisor. San Jacinto College can help you through the admission and financial aid application process, so schedule an appointment.

  • Registering for classes in S.O.S. You must complete the above steps first! And remember to sign up for 12 credit hours each fall and spring to remain eligible for the program.

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Contact Us


San Jacinto College can also help you through the admission and financial aid application process. Make an appointment today.

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What More Scholars Say

I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to go to college since it’s really expensive, and my parents wouldn’t be able to afford to send me, especially with my other two sisters in school. When I told them about the Promise program, it was a big relief for all of us, and they were happy to know I would be able to go to college now.

— Jennifer Carcamo, Dobie High School

The Promise program has benefited me not only financially, but it has also made me stress free since I’m not worrying about tuition and books. It has also helped me push myself to become better. It’s not just a promise to the ‘county’ but a promise to yourself as well. Being able to be a part of the Promise program has also opened doors for me, such as being able to expand my education to get a better paying, skilled job that will lead to a happy and stable future.

— Jessica Saavedra, Dobie High School

I believe that being a Promise student will expand my horizons as a student because I know I will have to eventually transfer. Also, I feel that the standard San Jacinto College holds its students to is amazing because the professors are very interactive and not afraid to challenge us. I feel like I’m already ahead of the game and ready to jump at any other opportunity available to me.

— Refugio Andrade, Sam Rayburn High School