Who is eligible?
All 2019 graduates who have attended a participating high school for their full senior year (enrolled by October 26, 2018) can receive the Dallas County Promise scholarship by meeting all Promise deadlines for pledge, admissions application, financial aid application, and registration. Please refer to the participating college list for any college-specific requirements.
Can non-US citizens receive the Dallas County Promise?
Yes, all students eligible to complete a FAFSA or TASFA application can receive the Dallas County Promise. Don’t forget, a DACA number does not allow you to complete a FAFSA application. Please complete a TASFA application instead. For more help on TASFA completion visit, AIE.org.
To be eligible for in-state tuition and the Promise funding undocumented students must meet all of the following criteria:
-Graduated from a Texas HS or received a GED in Texas
-Resided in Texas 36 months leading up to high school graduation or receipt of GED
-Resided in Texas 12 months prior to college enrollment
-Student provides a notarized affidavit stating sh/he will apply to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity s/he is eligible to do so
Are ESL students eligible for the Dallas County Promise?
Yes, all 2019 seniors from participating high schools who meet all three Promise deadlines will receive the Dallas County Promise.
Does Dallas County Promise have a GPA requirement?
Dallas County Promise does not have a GPA requirement for the initial semester. Promise Scholars who meet all Promise deadlines, have financial need, and have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship to cover the cost of textbooks.
Students entering DCCCD on academic probation due to dual credit grades are only eligible for Promise for the first semester, but if they do not meet the 2.0 GPA renewal requirement for the second semester, may not be able to continue on in the Promise program.
Does Dallas County Promise have Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements?
No. However all incoming DCCCD students must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative to take college-level courses. For students who do not meet TSI requirements, Dallas County Promise can be used to cover the cost of developmental courses. Learn more about TSI requirements.
Is there a limit on the number of students that can receive the Dallas County Promise or Rising Star?
There is no cap on the number of 2018-19 graduates that can receive the Promise gap funding or Rising Star scholarships at a DCCCD college or at UNT Dallas. However, transfer scholarships to SMU and other partner colleges are limited. (For specific requirements and eligibility by school, please refer to http://dallascountypromise.org/students/college-partners.)
Is a student with a criminal record eligible?
It depends on the level of the infraction. Dallas County Promise follows the same eligibility requirements for students with a criminal record as the federal Pell grant.
Is there a maximum number of hours a student can take per year under Promise?
Students may not take any more than 36 credit hours a year (fall, spring and summer sessions).
I just moved to Dallas. Am I eligible for the Dallas County Promise?
To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in a participating high school as of October 26, 2018 and graduate from a participating high school during the 2018-2019 school year.
If I am taking dual credit classes in high school, am I still eligible for Promise?
Students can receive Dallas County Promise to complete the balance of hours needed for an associate degree, up to a total of 60 credit hours. Students who finish an associate degree in high school are eligible for a scholarship to UNT Dallas. These students should list UNT Dallas on their FAFSA/TASFA and also complete a UNT Dallas admissions application in their senior year of high school.
I am graduating early my Senior year, am I still eligible?
Students graduating in December 2018 are Promise eligible; however, Promise funding does not begin until the fall semester following high school graduation. Students must graduate between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 to be eligible for Promise in Fall 2019.
I am not eligible for in-state tuition, what happens next?
Students who have not met Texas residency requirements, including students classified as international or out-of-country students, are not eligible for the Dallas County Promise and/or the Rising Star scholarship.
Students who have questions regarding their eligibility for in-district or in-state residency status for tuition purposes should visit their college admissions office.
Can I take time off or enroll later with the Dallas County Promise?
No - students who enter the Promise Program and sit out for one long semester (fall or spring), must complete an appeal form if they fail to enroll each fall and spring semesters. Appeals for renewal are completed through the Promise Partner college - usually in academic advising or with the student's Promise Success Coach.