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Dallas County Promise Partner Colleges & Universities

Dallas County Promise Partner Colleges and Universities provide financial aid and support services for Promise Scholars. Offers vary by institution and whether or not a student is graduating from high school with an associate degree.

Be sure to consider Promise Partners when beginning your college search. Visit the colleges and universities and ask about financial aid and support services for Promise Scholars, and complete the FAFSA or TASFA as early as possible after October 1.

Unlimited partners have an unlimited number of scholarships available for Dallas County Promise students who meet the deadlines; limited partners have a limited number of scholarships reserved for Dallas County Promise scholars and may have income or GPA requirements. Visit this page periodically for a list of updated university partners.

1. Promise Offers for High School Graduates

The following Dallas County Promise partners have offers for students graduating from high school to directly enroll at their college or university.

Dallas County Community Colleges

Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland

If your federal and state financial aid doesn’t cover the cost of classes at a Dallas County Community College, Promise dollars will. Either way, your tuition is covered! Dallas County Promise covers the cost of college classes (tuition) for up to three years or completion of a degree at any Dallas County Community College. Students must qualify for in-state tuition, but there are no income or GPA requirements. All students completing the steps by the deadlines will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition at any DCCCD college.

Midwestern State University

At Midwestern State University (MSU), the Dallas County Promise is funded by MSU endowment dollars and is an extension of their Mustangs Guarantee Program. To be eligible for Dallas County Promise/Mustang Guarantee students must be Texas residents, admitted to MSU, Pell Grant eligible, and have a combined annual family Adjusted Gross Income of $50,000 or less.

Texas A&M University - Commerce

At Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M-Commerce), 2019 Dallas County Promise students who enroll the fall immediately following their senior year in high school will receive a one-time direct incentive of $500 per student.   
To be eligible for the A&M-Commerce award, students must meet all Promise deadlines, be Texas residents, admitted to A&M-Commerce, have Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5,576 (or TASFA equivalent) and a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $50,000 or less.  

Promise Deadlines:

February 8, 2019 - Complete the Promise Pledge and complete a DCCCD admissions application either through ApplyTX or DCCCD.edu/Apply.

March 8, 2019 - Submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) and list a DCCCD college

July 31, 2019 - Register for your first semester of college!

2. PROMISE OFFERS TO STUDENTS WITH AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE

  • 1. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT DALLAS

    All students, regardless of income or GPA, who graduate with an associate degree from a participating Dallas County high school and meet the eligibility requirements, will receive sufficient funding to pay the full cost of tuition for up to three academic years or completion of a bachelor’s degree. UNT Dallas will extend your Promise by offering a last-dollar tuition scholarship for students who have completed their associate degree or are within 12 hours of completion. If you complete your last semester of your associate degree with UNT Dallas, they will send those credits back to DCCCD so you can receive your associate degree on the way to receiving your bachelor’s.

    UNT Dallas Dates and Deadlines:

    • -February 8, 2019 - Complete Promise Pledge
    • -February 8, 2019 - Students must be accepted to UNT Dallas to be eligible to receive Promise funding
    • -March 8, 2019 - Complete FAFSA or TASFA and list UNT Dallas


    2. SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

    Through their Mustang Scholars program, SMU offers a last-dollar scholarship (combined with other grants and scholarships) to provide full tuition and fees for up to eight consecutive semesters at SMU. It is available exclusively to students who meet the eligibility requirements.

    Students will be selected through a holistic review based on academic and extra-curricular achievement, financial need, leadership experience, and an interview.

    SMU Deadline: January 15, 2019

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

    Click here for more information.


  • 3. MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

    At Midwestern State University (MSU), the Dallas County Promise is funded by MSU endowment dollars and is an extension of their Mustangs Guarantee Program. To be eligible for Dallas County Promise/Mustang Guarantee students must be Texas residents, admitted to MSU, Pell Grant eligible, and have a combined annual family Adjusted Gross Income of $50,000 or less.

    Midwestern State University Deadlines:

    • -February 8, 2019 - Complete the Promise Pledge 
    • -February 8, 2019 - Complete an admissions application through ApplyTX 
    • -March 8, 2019 - Submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Midwestern State University
    • -July 31, 2019 - Register for your first semester of college!


    4. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - COMMERCE

    At Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M-Commerce), enrolled Dallas County Promise students are funded by A&M-Commerce institutional dollars which is an extension of their Pride Promise PLUS Guarantee Program.  To be eligible for Dallas County Promise & the A&M-Commerce Pride Promise PLUS Guarantee, students must meet all Promise deadlines, be Texas residents, be admitted to A&M-Commerce, have Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5,576 (or TASFA equivalent) and a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $50,000 or less.

    Texas A&M University – Commerce Deadlines:

    • -February 8, 2019 - Complete the Promise Pledge 
    • -February 8, 2019 - Complete an admissions application through ApplyTX 
    • -March 8, 2019 - Submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) and list A&M-Commerce
    • -July 31, 2019 - Register for your first semester of college!

3. PROMISE OFFERS FOR STUDENTS TRANSFERRING FROM A DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

All Promise Scholars who transfer from a Dallas County Community College have access to transfer scholarships available at Promise partner colleges. Students must meet the admissions and scholarship requirements at each university.

Austin College will select two Promise transfer students and provide last-dollar full tuition scholarships for students with an associate degree. Transfer admissions requirement:3.0 GPA.

Midwestern State University will cover the remaining balance of tuition for students who are Pell Grant eligible, whose family’s combined annual adjusted gross income is $50,000 or less, and who meet admissions requirements. Transfer admissions requirement: 2.0 GPA.

Prairie View A&M University will provide fifteen last-dollar tuition scholarships to transfer students with an associate degree and meet requirements. Transfer admissions requirement: 2.0 GPA.

Paul Quinn College offers a competitive scholarship to two Promise transfer students and provides tuition scholarships for students with an associate degree or 60 credit hours. Transfer admissions requirement: 2.75 GPA.

SMU Mustang Promise Transfer Scholarship students are selected during their senior year of high school through a competitive process. For more information: https://www.smu.edu/MustangScholars.

Texas A&M University – Commerce will cover the balance of tuition that remains after federal, state and institutional grants and/or scholarships are applied for students whose family have Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5,576 (or TASFA equivalent) and a Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $50,000 or less. Transfer students must meet the minimum admissions requirement of a 2.0 GPA. Promise Scholars must be accepted for transfer admission to A&M-Commerce no later than April 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester of the year in which the student intends to transfer and may not take a gap in enrollment. Funding is available for a maximum of four semesters provided the student meets renewal requirements.

The Tom Joyner Foundation is providing 25 Full-Tuition Transfer Scholarships to HBCU institutions (Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M, Huston-Tillotson University, and Wiley College) to Promise Scholars who want to pursue a career in teaching in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

UNT Dallas is offering all Promise Scholars who remain Promise eligible  and complete an associate degree from DCCCD and meet requirements a  last-dollar, tuition-only scholarship to UNT Dallas. Transfer requirement: 2.0 GPA.

Join Us!

We would love to set up an exploratory call with colleges or universities interested in becoming a Dallas County Promise partner institution. Please email Student.Success@DallasCountyPromise.org.

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