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2019 High School Graduate

The Dallas County 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.

If you’re considering SMU:

  • January 15: Complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge
  • January 15: Complete SMU admissions application and Mustang Scholars essay
  • January 15: Submit FAFSA/TASFA and the CSS Profile and list SMU

How The Last-Dollar Scholarship Works

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Remember that even with the Dallas County Promise and/or Rising Star scholarships, you must budget for other college costs as well, including supplies, transportation, rent, and food.

All Promise information is sent to the email and phone number you list on your Promise Pledge.

If your contact information changes, please let us know by emailing and include your full name and HS student ID.

Get Started

To recieve the Dallas County Promise Last-Dollar Scholarship and supports, seniors must:

  • Pledge

    October 1, 2018: Promise Pledge Opens

    February 8, 2019: Complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge at and submit a parent signature if under 18 at the time of Pledge completion. Please use your full legal name and information. Your pledge is not complete until you see a submission confirmation.

  • Apply

    February 8, 2019: Submit the admissions application for a Promise Partner college through or at the Partner college's website such as

  • Submit

    March 8, 2019: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and list the Promise Partner colleges that you are interested in OR Texas residents who are non-citizens need to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) at and submit to the Promise Partner college you plan to attend.

  • Enroll

    July 31, 2019: Complete class registration for the fall semester at a Promise Partner college.

Have Questions about the Promise?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to common questions and a list of the Dallas County Promise policies.