Dallas County Promise is a transformational effort between school districts, colleges, universities, workforce, and communities to increase college completion. At the core, the promise is a scholarship from the Dallas County Community College District Foundation in partnership with matching university scholarships aligned to high-demand jobs.

Dallas County is committed to developing world-class talent that creates equitable outcomes for students, families, and communities.

  • ALL students have an affordable path to college completion
  • ALL students have a Success Coach to support them in effectively managing the college process
  • ALL students have a clear pathway to a career for both middle-skill jobs and jobs that require a bachelor’s degree

Benefits to Students

  • Free tuition at any college in the Dallas County Community College District for all students, regardless of income or GPA.
  • Success Coach support will begin at the end of student’s senior year and continue through college completion. Additional textbook stipend for students meeting income and 2.5 GPA (75 or better on a 100-point scale) requirements.
  • Transfer scholarships available to UNT Dallas and SMU, with more universities coming on board soon.

Benefits to Schools

  • Access to FAFSA/TASFA professional development at no cost to the district
  • Data progress reports on mutually agreed upon milestones
  • Continuous improvement support from the Commit Partnership, including help with achieving FAFSA/TASFA, ApplyTX, scholarship and college enrollment goals.

College Promise Movement

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College Promise Campaign is a national, non-partisan initiative to build broad public support for funding the first two years of higher education for hard-working students, starting in America’s community colleges. While this is a national movement, local communities and states are leading the way to create College Promise programs, which cover tuition and fees leading to a community college degree or occupational certificate.

Tennessee Promise program has the highest success of fully engaging high schools as partners to produce the best results at scale of any of the current 200 promise models across the country. Representatives from Dallas visited Tennessee on several occasions to learn about their Promise model and how to apply that to the Dallas County Promise program.

Proven Method

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Fafsa completion for the state (#1 in the nation)
↑ 13%
Increase in College enrollment over first 2 years (30% in community colleges)
↑ 5%
Increase in retention year over year

Why it's working

  • Message — Free college tuition for ALL
  • Marketing — Partner with high schools on key college access milestones
  • Mentoring — Support college application and enrollment, and reduce summer melt
  • Data — Tracking progress to help high schools with real time reporting

Higher Education Partners

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Partner With Us » Read more about current Dallas County Promise partnerships and how you can be a part of the community changing the educational landscape of DFW. For information email info@dallascountypromise.org