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Interested in Dallas County Promise for your student?
We're happy to help you and your student navigate the process of applying for and enrolling at a Dallas County Promise partner institution. Review our full list of frequently asked questions for answers to the most common inquiries we receive, and see below for questions we've answered specifically for parents and families.
Why The Promise?
What does the Dallas County Promise scholarship cover?
The Dallas County Promise scholarship pays any balance of tuition not covered by federal or state financial aid at participating Promise partner colleges. Promise Scholars will also be matched with a Success Coach who will serve as a mentor for students, beginning at the end of their senior year through college completion. For more details on the details, visit our main FAQ Page.
How does the last-dollar scholarship work?
Dallas County Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, which means it will cover the gap between what classes cost and what Pell grants and other federal and state grants cover. Therefore, students are required to submit their financial aid applications (FAFSA or TASFA) by March 6.
Are ESL students eligible for the Dallas County Promise?
Yes, all 2020 seniors from participating high schools who meet all three Promise deadlines and in-state residency requirements are eligible to receive the Dallas County Promise.
Our family just moved to Dallas. Is my student eligible for the Dallas County Promise?
To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in a participating high school as of October 25, 2019 and graduate from a participating high school during the 2019-2020 school year.
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. For more information, review the FAQs available in English or or en Español.
How do we 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, March 6, and July 31. Visit Your Student's Journey for more information about the deadlines and what to submit or complete.
What Information does my student need to complete my Promise Pledge?
The Dallas County Promise Pledge is due by February 7. Your student will need to list their full name, Social Security Number (if applicable), date of birth, address, email address, cell phone number, and parent/guardian contact information. If the student is under the age of 18, a signature is required from a parent or guardian.
Does the Dallas County Promise make college completely free?
Even with the Dallas County Promise and/or Rising Star, there are other college costs you should budget for, including supplies, transportation, rent, and food. If you receive federal or state financial aid or additional scholarships, you can use these dollars towards your overall costs.
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.
I have more than one child graduating this year, is there a cap on promise scholarships for households?
No. There is not a household limit on the number of students eligible for the Dallas County Promise scholarship program.
I’m not caught up on my tax reports, what can I do so that it won’t affect my child’s financial eligibility?
To complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA/TASFA, students will need 2018 tax information for themselves and parents that worked in 2018. If the student and/or parents have not filed their 2018 taxes, they should consider filing the appropriate tax forms as soon as possible to ensure the student is able to complete a financial aid application. Visit with a tax service professional for further details on filing the appropriate tax forms.
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!
More information about our partner colleges and universities can be found on the updated policy document.
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