How do I apply?
To be eligible to receive the Dallas County Promise (and Rising Star scholarship at DCCCD only), 2020 graduates must meet three key deadlines:
- February 7: Complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge at DallasCountyPromise.org AND submit a parent signature on your Student Waiver Form (FERPA Form) if under 18 at the time of Pledge completion.
- February 7: Admissions Application for Promise Partner Colleges due. Note: Students intending to enroll at a DCCCD college who have been enrolled in dual credit courses at DCCCD within the last year need only to update their contact information with the DCCCD college in which they intend to enroll.
- March 6: Submit FAFSA or TASFA with a Promise partner college or university listed. Note: Students submitting a TASFA, please retain an electronic or printed and stamped receipt as proof of submission to a Promise partner college or university.
- July 31: Complete registration for the fall semester.
Seniors in a Promise high school must complete the Promise Pledge by February 7, 2020 to be eligible for both Promise and Rising Star. Students that miss any of the deadlines are not eligible to receive either scholarship.
What Information do I need to complete my Promise Pledge?
The Dallas County Promise Pledge is due by February 7. You will need your full name, Social Security Number (if applicable), date of birth, address, email address, cell phone number, and parent/guardian contact information. Click here to access.
When do I have to start classes?
In order to take advantage of the Dallas County Promise scholarship, Promise Scholars must start classes the fall semester after graduation. If you have a hardship please email Phillip.Fabian@DallasCountyPromise.org for information on how to be considered for an extension.
What do I need to do to renew my Promise scholarship once I’m in DCCCD?
To continue to receive the Dallas County Promise scholarship, scholars must meet the cumulative GPA (2.0 overall) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (67% of all attempted credit hours) requirement each semester, take at least 18 hours over the course of each year, and complete their FAFSA/TASFA each year by March 6.
Promise Scholars and Rising Star scholars must enroll in the fall and spring semester during their first year and must not skip a fall or spring semester during the three-year eligibility period. However, Promise scholars and Rising Star scholars may enroll in fall, spring, summer, winter or May terms after enrolling in their initial fall semester.
Promise Scholars must complete their financial aid file, including verification before Spring Priority registration opens. All gift aid for which they are eligible, including Pell and state grants must be accepted.It is the scholar's responsibility to keep contact information up to date with Dallas County Promise, Rising Star, and the awarding institution’s registrar’s office. Incorrect contact information does not prevent a student from becoming ineligible.
My phone number or email address changed after I completed my Promise Pledge. What do I do?
All Promise scholarship information will be sent to the email and phone number you list on your Promise Pledge. If your contact information changes, please let us know by emailing info@DallasCountyPromise.org and include your full name and HS student ID.
What happens if I become ineligble or am suspended from the Promise Program?
Promise Scholars with qualifying special circumstances (i.e. military, pregnancy, documented illness, etc.) affecting their eligibility may appeal to DCCCD Promise with supporting documentation. The student will be notified by the Promise Program within five business days after a decision has been made regarding the appeal.
I signed the Pledge, but I plan on attending a non-partner college. What are my options through Promise?
The Dallas County Promise scholarship can only be used at participating Promise partner colleges and universities. Check out our Student Resources page for other potential scholarship opportunities.
If I sign the Pledge, am I required to attend DCCCD or a Promise partner college?
No. Completing a Promise Pledge provides the opportunity to attend a partner college with tuition gap funding, but the Pledge does not obligate a student to attend that college.
Does the Dallas County Promise expose my legal status if it offers me any resources?
No. Dallas County Promise staff will never share student information, including residency and citizenship status, with outside organizations or community members. Student information is shared with Promise partner colleges and universities that the student has indicated an interest in for the sole purpose of supporting student success.
In addition to school, I am also planning to work a full time job. Can I be a part time student or do I have to be full time each semester?
Each Promise partner college has credit hour requirements for Promise Scholars. Scholars attending a DCCCD College are not required to be full-time each semester, but must successfully complete at least 18 credit hours per academic year.
I am finishing my second year at DCCCD and plan on transferring to a 4-year Promise partner college. Do I have to submit a transfer application or does Dallas County Promise do that for me?
For transfer acceptance, Promise Scholars must submit a transfer student application and FAFSA/TASFA to the intended college or university during their final year at DCCCD. Each Promise partner college has transfer requirements to be eligible for continuing the Dallas County Promise scholarship. For more details on the transfer scholarship offers, visit the Promise Partner College page.
My child is the first person in our family to go to college and I am not familiar with the college process. What should I know/prepare for so that my child succeeds?
We understand the college enrollment process can be confusing, particularly for first-generation students and their families, but you are not alone! The Dallas County Promise team is here to help guide you through the scholarship process and requirements. Each high school has dedicated staff, such as a college advisor or graduation coach, to support their current students in exploring college, military, and workforce options after graduation. Each college also has dedicated staff in their admissions, financial aid, and other student services offices to support incoming students. Start exploring college and career options with your student, and reach out to us at Info@DallasCountyPromise.org anytime you have questions!
Why are there limited scholarships available with schools like Southern Methodist University?
The Dallas County Promise scholarship is funded directly by each Promise partner college and university. Each partner college and university defines their scholarship offer and selection criteria depending on the size of the institution and financial aid funds available