The California Promise Program

(California State University’s “Degree Pledge” program)

Please be aware that the CSUF CA Promise Program does not provide tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement.

The "California Promise" is a guarantee from the California State University system that a first-time freshman can earn a degree in no more than four years (or two years, for transfer students having earned an Associate Degree for Transfer- ADT) if you pledge to, and follow, specific requirements.  Graduating in four years (or two, as an ADT Transfer) will save you tuition and books/materials costs.  It also will increase your earning potential by enabling you to enter the workforce sooner rather than later.  Students who elect to participate in California Promise receive special academic advisement and priority registration.

The California Promise program will support two student populations:

  • Transfer students entering with a completed Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), interested in completing their remaining requirements for the baccalaureate degree in the same area, in two years, are encouraged to participate in the California Promise Program. 

    Please be aware that transfer student pursuing the online degree programs in Sociology, Business Administration, and Humanities and Social Sciences are not eligible for the CA Promise program since these online programs are three year programs.


Interested students will be expected to:

  • Be eligible to enroll in College Level Math and College Level English courses prior to the first semester of enrollment at CSUF.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 academic units in a college year based on term of entry, including summer and winter session.
  • Maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average in all academic work completed.
  • Submit an educational plan to complete a declared major program within the specified timeframe to the designated academic advisor.
  • Review and modify the academic plan as needed with the designated academic advisor at least once each term.
  • Enroll in classes during the established priority registration period and pay fees by the required deadlines.