The Community College Promise
If you will graduate from a participating high school in 2019, the Dallas County Promise scholarship covers the last-dollar cost of tuition at any Dallas County Community College for up to three years or until you complete your degree, whichever comes first. (If you’re graduating from high school with your associate degree, skip to your section, below.)
You must qualify for in-state tuition, but there are no income, GPA, or essay requirements to receive the DCCCD Promise scholarship. All students completing the steps by the deadlines will receive a last-dollar scholarship to cover the cost of tuition at any DCCCD college. From there, transfer scholarships are available to UNT Dallas and SMU, with more universities coming on board soon.
If you attend a Promise high school and have a seventh semester unweighted high school GPA of 3.000 or higher and meet income requirements you will also automatically receive the Rising Star Scholarship. Rising Star covers any gap between your need-based financial aid and the cost of tuition and textbooks.
The Dallas County Promise and Rising Star scholarships can be used only at a Dallas County Community College; however, completing the Promise Pledge does not commit you to attending a DCCCD college.
Students in Promise high schools who miss the February 8 Promise Pledge deadline are not eligible to receive the Promise or Rising Star scholarships.
Promise for Seniors Graduating High School with an Associate Degree
If you are graduating from an early college high school program with an associate degree, Dallas County Promise can help you continue your education at UNT Dallas or SMU. Visit the Partner Colleges page for eligibility requirements, but take note of the following important dates:
If you’re considering UNT Dallas:
- February 8: Complete Promise Pledge
- February 8: Complete the UNT Dallas admissions application and be admitted
- March 8: Complete FAFSA or TASFA and list UNT Dallas
For the most competitive scholarships at UNT Dallas, it’s recommended students be admitted before December 1. This means students should have a complete admissions file by November 16. Click below for more info.