Take the Pledge

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Your Student's Journey

Our Promise to Your Student

Our promise to your student is to support them in their journey to completing a career certification, associate, or bachelor’s degree. To start, we ask that they take the Promise Pledge by Friday, February 5, 2021, and confirm that they are interested in a tuition-free college education at one of our partner colleges or universities.

Next, there’s a series of steps each student must complete to receive financial aid (financial aid applications are required for all students), complete applications, and enroll: 

September 1, 2020: Promise Pledge opens for Dallas County students graduating in 2021. Students should take the pledge by February 5, 2021 to confirm interest in receiving tuition assistance, coaching, and other Promise benefits. If your student is under the age of 18, they will need your signature when completing the pledge.


February 5, 2021: The deadline to take the Dallas County Promise Pledge and apply for college. Most admissions applications for Promise partner colleges and universities are due on this date. To verify, visit our partner college and university page. As a next step, students must apply to the partner college(s) of their choice at ApplyTexas.org. Students interested in enrolling at Dallas College with dual-credit courses completed should only update their contact information at the Dallas College campus of their choice. 


March 5, 2021: FAFSA/TASFA Deadline* - Students should have their FAFSA or TASFA application completed to receive financial aid for their first year (2021-2022). Please ensure your student has access to household income information needed to complete the application, if they are claimed as a dependent for tax purposes.


July 30, 2020: Registration deadline for Fall 2021 classes. Students should contact their college or university’s Admissions Office to confirm all requirements have been met and they are fully registered.

Learn more in our Student-Parent Presentation for the 2020-21 school year.

How Promise Works

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