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A High School Senior (Class of 2020)

The Dallas County Promise

If you’re graduating from a participating high school in 2020, 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 7 partner institutions on 13 campuses across the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

THE DALLAS COUNTY PROMISE FOR SENIORS GRADUATING WITH A DIPLOMA

There are four partners offering scholarships, both unlimited and limited, to seniors graduating with a high school diploma – Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Midwestern State University, Texas A&M University – Commerce, 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 four, you are eligible to transfer to other universities in the North Texas region with your last-dollar scholarship. 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: 

  • DCCCD 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 DCCCD. 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 7, 2020 deadline to submit the Promise Pledge will not be eligible to receive the Promise or Rising Star scholarships.

THE DALLAS COUNTY PROMISE FOR SENIORS GRADUATING WITH A DIPLOMA

There are four partners offering scholarships, both unlimited and limited, to seniors graduating with a high school diploma – Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Midwestern State University, Texas A&M University – Commerce, 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 four, you are eligible to transfer to other universities in the North Texas region with your last-dollar scholarship. 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: 

  • DCCCD 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 DCCCD. 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 7, 2020 deadline to submit the Promise Pledge will not be eligible to receive the Promise or Rising Star scholarships.

THE DALLAS COUNTY 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 (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. 

The Tom Joyner Foundation also offers scholarships for students interested in teaching STEM subjects at K-12 schools. Students interested in becoming a teacher of science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or early childhood can apply for the Tom Joyner Foundation TQI Scholarship. TQI Scholars start their journey tuition-free at DCCCD and transfer to a partner HBCU to complete their bachelor’s degree tuition-free. Click here to learn more and apply.

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 7: Complete Promise Pledge
  • February 7: Complete the UNT Dallas admissions application and be admitted
  • March 6: 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 7: Complete Promise Pledge
  • February 7: Complete the Midwestern State University admissions application and be admitted
  • March 6: 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 7: Complete Promise Pledge
  • February 7: 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, 2020 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

    October 1, 2019: Promise Pledge Opens!


  • Apply

    February 7, 2020: 

    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 DCCCD should only update their contact information at the DCCCD campus of their choice.

  • Submit

    March 6, 2020: 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 31, 2020: 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.

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