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Cañada College has transitioned all instruction and student services to online. We will still be available via email and all counseling appointments will be held over video or phone. For inquires and questions email 

Our Fall 2020-2021 application for the Promise Scholars Program is currently closed.

More information will come Spring 2021.



The Promise Scholars Program provides incoming full-time students financial and academic support for two years. The program includes text book assistance, food or transportation vouchers, dedicated counseling and career support. The program is open to first-time college students who can commit to attending Cañada College full-time (12 units minimum per semester, with 15 units highly encouraged).

The intention of the Promise Scholars Program is to accelerate your path toward achieving your educational goals, whether you hope to earn a certificate, an associate degree, or completion of general education requirements to successfully transfer to a four-year institution. The Program is more than a scholarship. All Promise Scholars are welcomed into a  supportive, engaged, and inclusive community – a home on campus. We expect all students in the program to regularly participate in counseling, career development, and utilize the program’s academic resources.

 How Do I Apply?

You’ll begin the online application process by creating an OpenCCC account.

During this process you'll be asked for your intended major and an educational goal, along with some basic personal, educational and residency information.

After applying, you’ll receive your Student ID Number (G-Number) via email.

Apply To Cañada College

When you have your student ID (G number), you will use it to login to Cañada College WebSMART

Once logged in, you will see “Student Services” in large grey writing on your account home page. Click on this text, and near the top of the list of items you see on this page, you should find “District Promise Applications.” Click on this link, and proceed to the application itself.

Once you submit your completed application, you will need to keep an eye on your SMCCD email for further communications and information about your status

Students need to apply for Federal Student Aid (18/19 FAFSA) OR the 18/19 California DREAM Act in order to be eligible for the Cañada College Promise Scholars Program.

Students are admitted to the Promise Scholars Program on a rolling basis. You will receive an email within a month of submitting your application regarding your application status. If you are conditionally accepted into the program, you will need to complete an assessment, meet with a Promise Scholars Program Counselor, and attend an orientation in order to finalize your spot in the program. Please be sure to regularly check your SMCCD email for important communications and information regarding your application status and next steps.