College of Alameda (COA) Promise Scholarship

What Is The College of Alameda Cougar Scholars Program?

CoA Cougar Scholars programs includes our promise services and programming for Peralta (Oakland) Promise and Alameda Promise.

Alameda Promise is one of the CoA Cougar Scholars promise programs that provides a pathway for eligible Alameda high school graduates to attend CoA for one year without paying enrollment or other fees (based on 12 units/semester plus other fees).

Alameda Promise provides students with intensive academic support and college transfer assistance as well as book stipend and a laptop. Application for Alameda Promise closed on August 10, 2020. We will reopen application for new applicants Fall 2021. Questions? Email

The College of Alameda Cougar Scholars aims to:

  • Increase the percentage of high school graduates entering college in the city of Alameda
  • Strengthen students’ access to career pathways and preparation to join the workforce in Alameda and surrounding areas
  • Deepen the connection between College of Alameda and its home community

Interested Alameda Promise applicants must:

  • Complete a COA Cougar Scholars Application before the August 10th, 2020 DEADLINE
  • Follow the New Students Steps to Success
  • First-time college student
  • Enroll in 12 units per semester (fall and spring) at COA
  • Graduate of Alameda, ASTI, Encinal or Island high school
  • Submit a FAFSA or Cal Dream Act application and include COA (006720)
  • Attend a Mandatory Cougar Scholars Orientation


  1. To be eligible, students must be a graduate of an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) public high school.
  2. Enroll full time at Peralta Colleges (minimum 12 units) in fall and spring.
  3. Maintain academic progress, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and complete at least 50% of your classes.
  4. Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by the start of the semester
  5. Participate in counseling support, workshops, and other services designated to get students off to a good start.

Please visit the Peralta Colleges website by clicking here for more information.

Questions? Email