Financial Resource Hub

At Palomar College, we understand that managing finances as a student can sometimes be challenging. That’s why we have curated this comprehensive hub to provide you with valuable information and resources! We hope this helps you navigate your financial journey and allows you to make the most of your academic experience. Here, you’ll find a wide range of financial assistance options and strategies to minimize financial stress during your time with us.

Financial Aid Fee Waiver Program

The California College Promise Grant (CCPG), is a state-sponsored program that waives enrollment fees for qualifying students. Health fees, Student Center Fees & Rep Fees are not waived under California College Promise Grant.

Basic Program Information:

  • Open to California residents, eligible AB 540 and AB 1899 students as determined by the Admissions Office
  • Meet minimum academic and progress standards;
  • California College Promise Grant is a fee waiver that covers Summer through Spring semesters
  • Enrollment fees paid by the student are refunded after the refund deadline if a waiver is approved during the semester.
  • It does not cover books or any other fees. It only waives the $46/per unit enrollment fees
  • If you lose your CCPG Eligibility, you may submit an Appeal

To apply for CCPG, please complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the CADAA (California Dream Act Application) and use our school code 001260 to ensure your application is received.

Other Financial Aid Programs

We offer various types of financial aid programs, including federal and state grants, scholarships, federal loans, and federal work-study opportunities. Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the CADAA (California Dream Act Application) and use our school code 001260 to ensure your application is received.

Please visit our Financial Aid information page for more details.

You can also access our Financial Aid TV 24/7 for access to all your financial aid related questions.

Palomar Promise

The Palomar Promise is a student success program designed to boost college-going and completion rates for first-time college students, ensuring their success from the start. Eligible students can benefit from up to two years of free tuition (fall/spring), textbook assistance, and personalized academic and career planning, along with additional support services.

Please visit our Palomar Promise information page for more details. 

Nonresident Tuition Deferment

Nonresident Tuition Deferments may be available to students that have been classified as nonresidents by the Admissions Office. Additionally, this deferment request is only available to FAFSA applicants who have a valid and current FAFSA on file and have submitted all required documents.

Please contact our Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify: 760-744-1150 Ext 2366 |

Payment Plans

If you cannot pay your balance in full, you have the option to set up a convenient payment plan that allows you to break down the balance into manageable installments. Enrolling in a payment plan will secure your classes and prevent you from getting dropped. You can set up your payment plan through MyPalomar.

Please visit our Nelnet Payment Plan page to explore the payment plan options.

Third Party

If your fees are covered by a third party, such as an employer or government agency (e.g., Department of Rehabilitation), we have a dedicated billing process to ensure a seamless payment experience.

For all other third-party billing information, please email


If you are using one of the VA Education benefits listed below, please complete and submit a VA Benefit Coding Request form to the Veterans Resource Center at or in person in ST 52. A hold will be placed on your account to prevent you from being dropped for non-payment – any fees not covered by the VA are the responsibility of the student.

  • CH 33 (Post 9/11 – to include dependents)
  • CH 31 (Veterans Readiness & Employment, formerly Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment)
  • CH 35 (Dependents Education Assistance)

If you are using a different VA education benefit not listed above, you will need to pay your tuition or fees or enter a payment plan to prevent being dropped from your classes.

Cal Vet Fee Waiver:

If you are using the CalVet Fee Waiver, you will need to submit your new award letter for current Academic Year to

Active Duty (Tuition Assistance):

Tuition Assistance is the Military’s Financial Assistance Program that helps cover tuition costs for courses for Active-Duty personnel. Tuition Assistance will cover 100% of your tuition up to $250 per semester credit hour.

Are you a military spouse looking to utilize MyCAA to pay for your courses at Palomar?  Please visit our MyCAA information page for more information.

Please visit our Tuition Assistance information page for more details.

Last modified on April 16, 2024