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Interested in Dallas County Promise for your student?
We're happy to help you and your student navigate the process of applying for and enrolling at a Dallas County Promise partner institution. You can view our student and parent presentation, see below for questions we've answered specifically from parents, or view the full list of frequently asked questions.
Why The Promise?
What does the Dallas County Promise scholarship cover?
The Dallas County Promise last-dollar tuition scholarship covers any balance of tuition not covered by need-based federal or state financial aid at a participating institution.
How does the last-dollar scholarship work?
This scholarship works by covering the gap left in tuition (cost of classes) after need-based federal and state financial is applied. Therefore, students are required to submit financial aid applications (FAFSA or TASFA).
Are ESL students eligible for the Dallas County Promise?
Yes, all 2022 students graduating from participating high schools who meet the deadlines (Pledge, Admission Application, Financial Aid Application and Enrollment) along with in-state residency requirements are eligible to participate.
Our family just moved to Dallas. Is my student eligible for the Dallas County Promise?
To be eligible, students must have enrolled in a participating high school as of October 29, 2021 and graduate during the 2021-2022 school year.
Can non-US citizens receive the Dallas County Promise?
Yes, all students eligible to complete a FAFSA or TASFA financial aid application are eligible.
How do we apply to participate in the Dallas County Promise program?
Visit the “Your Student’s Journey” tab for the full breakdown of eligibility requirements and deadlines to meet.
What Information does my student need to complete my Promise Pledge?
Your student will need to list their full name, Social Security Number (if applicable), date of birth, address, email address, cell phone number, and parent/guardian contact information.
Does the Dallas County Promise make college completely free?
Even with the Dallas County Promise last-dollar tuition scholarship, there are other college costs to budget for including institution fees, housing/rent, transportation, books/supplies, food and others. However, additional scholarships can help cover these costs.
If I submit the Promise Pledge, am I required to attend a participating institution?
No, submitting a Promise Pledge simply provides you the opportunity to become eligible for the Dallas County Promise program (first step) and does not obligate a student to attend a partner institution.
If I have more than one child graduating high school this year, is there a cap on how many students per household can be eligible for the Dallas County Promise program?
No. There is not a household limit on the number of students graduating from a participating high school that can be eligible for the Dallas County Promise program.
I’m not caught up on my tax reports, how can this affect my student?
To complete a 2022-2023 FAFSA or TASFA, students will need 2020 tax information for themselves and parents/guardians. If either was eligible to and did not file 2020 taxes, they should consider filing the appropriate tax forms as soon as possible to ensure the student can still meet the deadline to submit their financial aid application. Visit with a tax service professional for further instructions.
My student is the first person in our family to go to college and I am not familiar with the process. What should I do to ensure my student succeeds?
We understand the process from high school to college can be confusing, particularly for first-generation students and families. You are not alone! We are here to help. Each high school has dedicated staff to support students in exploring their options after graduation. Each college also has dedicated staff in different departments including admissions, financial aid and student support. If you are unable to find an answer to your question on our website, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
For the most updated information regarding our program, please review our Policies and Procedures.
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