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A High School Senior (Class of 2021)

The Dallas County Promise

If you’re graduating from a participating high school in 2021, the Dallas County Promise scholarship covers the last-dollar cost of tuition at a partner college/university for a limited amount of time or until you complete your degree. The last-dollar scholarship covers any monies due for tuition that financial aid does not, but does not include the costs of textbooks, transportation, etc. You should begin planning to cover the costs of books, transportation to and from school, and other incidentals as soon as possible.

To receive the last-dollar scholarship, you must attend a participating high school and qualify for in-state tuition. Our partner colleges and universities do not require any essays, entrance exams, or ACT/SAT scores. However, select partners will require your family/household income not to exceed $50,000.

Whether you’re graduating with a diploma or an associate degree, there is an opportunity available for you with one of our partner institutions on 16 campuses across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.


There are six partners offering scholarships, both unlimited and limited, to seniors graduating with a high school diploma – Dallas College, University of North Texas at Dallas, Midwestern State University, Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas A&M University- Texarkana and SMU. Visit our Partner Page to review admission requirements and learn more.

Once you complete an associate degree (2-year) at one of the seven Dallas College campuses, you are eligible to transfer to partner four-year universities with your last-dollar scholarship guaranteed contingent on meeting income and GPA requirements. Students pursuing their associate and/or bachelor’s degree from a partner college/university must maintain eligibility and remain enrolled. For more information about what’s needed to maintain your scholarship and eligibility, review our policy document or contact us. 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities: 

  • Dallas College Rising Star: If you are a graduating senior with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 by your seventh semester (Fall 2019), you will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship if you attend Dallas College. Rising Star is the last-dollar scholarship that covers any remaining balance that financial aid does not cover AND your textbooks. 

Students who miss the February 5, 2021 deadline to submit the Promise Pledge will not be eligible to receive the Promise or Rising Star scholarships.


If you are graduating from an early college high school program with an associate degree (AA, AS, AT), Dallas County Promise can help you continue your education at UNT Dallas, Midwestern State University, Texas A&M University – Commerce, or SMU. 

You can visit the Partner Colleges & Universities page for eligibility requirements, but take note of the following important dates.

If you’re considering UNT Dallas:

  • February 5: Complete Promise Pledge
  • February 5: Complete the UNT Dallas admissions application and be admitted
  • March 5: Complete FAFSA or TASFA and list UNT Dallas

For the most competitive scholarships at UNT Dallas, it is recommended students be admitted before December 1. This means students should have a complete admissions file by November 16

If you’re considering Midwestern State University*:

  • February 5: Complete Promise Pledge
  • February 5: Complete the Midwestern State University admissions application and be admitted
  • March 5: Complete FAFSA and list Midwestern State University (Texas)
  • May 31: Complete financial aid file, including verification

For the most competitive scholarships at Midwestern State University, it is recommended students be admitted and submit FAFSA  before March 1. *Please note that MSU is only available for students that qualify for the Pell grant.

If you’re considering Texas A&M University – Commerce:

  • January 15: Complete FAFSA or TASFA and list Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • February 5: Complete Promise Pledge
  • February 5: Complete the Texas A&M University – Commerce admissions application and be admitted

For the most competitive scholarships at Texas A&M University – Commerce, it is recommended students be admitted and submit FAFSA or TASFA before April 1

If you’re considering Southern Methodist University:

  • 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

SMU has limited scholarships available and interested students should submit all required documents by January 15, 2021 for full consideration.

How The Last-Dollar Scholarship Works

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

  • Pledge

    September 1, 2020: Promise Pledge Opens!

  • Apply

    February 5, 2021: 

    STEP ONE: Deadline to complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge 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.

    STEP TWO: Submit the admissions application for at least one Promise Partner college through applytexas.org or on the Partner college's website. Dual-credit students interested in enrolling at Dallas College should only update their contact information at the Dallas College campus of their choice.

  • Submit

    March 5, 2021: Deadline to submit your financial application via FAFSA or TASFA for *most Partner college and universities. Please list all Promise partner colleges that you're interested in AND call to confirm that your financial aid requirements have been met. 

  • Enroll

    July 30, 2021: Deadline to register for classes. Please contact the Admissions Office at your chosen college/university to confirm your registration dates and that all requirements have been met.

Have Questions about the Promise?

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