About AlamoPROMISE

The AlamoPROMISE eliminates financial barriers to higher education, making a college degree a reality.

A Well-Educated Workforce is the Key to a Prosperous Bexar County Community

The Alamo Colleges District and its partners are committed to ending poverty, enhancing economic and social mobility and meeting workforce demands in our City by joining forces to help more students complete college and obtain the necessary skills to hold high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Through AlamoPROMISE, the Alamo Colleges District is working to ensure access to education for all local students by providing for the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for up to three years to eligible graduating seniors from the San Antonio area.


AlamoPROMISE Year 1 Scholar Highlights

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enrollment increase from PROMISE high schools


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of AlamoPROMISE scholars are pursuing STEM fields

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of the Fall 2020 Cohort enrolled in Spring 2021


Frequently Asked Questions

What is AlamoPROMISE?

Working with local government and community partners Alamo PROMISE provides community college tuition along with mandatory fees to eligible students who plan to earn an associate degree, certification, courses for transfer or workforce training.

Alamo PROMISE is more than a new program of the Alamo Colleges District, it is a community-wide initiative. 

AlamoPROMISE will provide last-dollar funding to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid award and the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for up to three years at one of the Alamo Colleges District’s five colleges.

Who is eligible for AlamoPROMISE?

Graduating high school seniors from any of the participating high schools are eligible.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Complete a Save Your Seat Form to participate in the program
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Texas Application for State Financial Aid and list at least one college of the Alamo Colleges District
  • Complete any documents required to process a financial aid award
  • Apply for admission to one of the Alamo Colleges through Apply Texas
  • Complete registration at one of the Alamo Colleges to attend the Fall semester immediately following their senior year of high school
  • Enroll in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which includes three components:
    • 1) Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
    • 2) Completion rate of 66.66% cumulative rate between hours attempted and hours completed.
    • 3) Maximum hours: no more than 99 attempted hours of college-level coursework (excluding 20 hours of remedial courses) for Associates Degrees and no more than 180 attempted hours of college-level coursework (excluding 30 hours of remedial courses) for Bachelor Degrees (BSN).
    • For more information on SAP, visit Maintaining Your Eligibility on the District financial aid page for more information.
  • Follow Course in Program of Study (CPOS) requirements. CPOS is a federal requirement stating that only courses that count toward your degree or certificate can be considered when calculating your federal financial aid eligibility.  Additionally, courses outside of your program of study will not be covered by AlamoPROMISE.

View List of Participating High Schools

When did the program begin?

The first cohort of AlamoPROMISE scholars were recruited in the fall of 2019 and enrolled as AlamoPROMISE Scholars in fall of 2020.

How is the program being funded?

The Alamo Colleges District’s partners in AlamoPROMISE are contributing funds and additional monies are being contributed by businesses and foundations.

The generous support of our community makes this program possible. We want to encourage your continued investment in Bexar County area students.

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Who are the Alamo Colleges partners in AlamoPROMISE?

The core partners are the UP Partnership, the San Antonio Education Partnership and SA Works.

Is there broad support in the community for the program?

Yes. The AlamoPROMISE steering committee, chaired by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores, includes leaders from key businesses, educational organizations and non-profits who are fully supportive of the program.

Why does the community need AlamoPROMISE?

There is consensus in the community that education beyond high school is critical to providing economic and social mobility for residents, and that financial barriers are the greatest factor in preventing residents from enrolling in or completing a college education.

The leadership of the Alamo Colleges District believes that Alamo PROMISE provides a strategy to address that reality and the fact that San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the country, yet has the second-highest percentage of population in poverty among the top 25 largest U.S. metro areas.

Are there successful program like this in other major cities?

Yes. The Dallas County Community College District has a successful Promise program, and there are 242 such programs making a difference across the country.


Steering Committee

Judge Nelson Wolff
Bexar County

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio

Dr. Mike Flores
Chancellor, The Alamo Colleges District

Dr. Jeanette Ball
Superintendent, Judson ISD

Peter J. Holt
Chief Executive Officer, Holt Cat

Dr. Jeff Goldhorn
Executive Director, Education Service Center Region 20

Romanita Matta-Barrera
Executive Director, SA Works

Lisa Cunningham
Executive Director, San Antonio Education Partnership

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon
Executive Director, UP Partnership

Kate Rogers
Outreach & Civic Engagement, Charles Butt Foundation

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson
President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio

Dr. Taylor Eighmy
President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Kevin Voelkel
President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas

Richard Perez
President & CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Brian Woods
Superintendent, Northside ISD

Pedro Martinez
Superintendent, San Antonio ISD

Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft
Superintendent, Southwest ISD


Stephanie Vasquez,
Chief Program Officer

Dr. Chryssa Delgado,
Director of Student Support

Dolores Zapata-Caballero,
Director of Operations

Nicolas “Nick” Silva,
Enrollment Coach Team Lead




The AlamoPROMISE is powered by school districts, colleges and universities, employers, and community organizations that have united to support students in completing education beyond high school, launching their careers, and being included in the economic success of our region.

Together, we believe in every student’s potential and in our community’s responsibility to transform systems that were designed for exclusivity instead of access – systems riddled with barriers that disproportionately impact students in poverty and students of color.

Every AlamoPROMISE partner has a unique role to play in supporting students through each stage of their educational and economic journey. We are proud to recognize their contributions and we invite others in our community to join us in this work.

 Links to AlamoPROMISE Media Coverage
 Links to College Promise Info

Contact Us

For general inquiries related to PROMISE, e-mail promise@alamo.edu.

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