What is the Dallas County Promise?

  • dallas county promise logo Dallas County Promise Overview

    Seniors at participating Dallas County high schools (Grand Prairie High School, South Grand Prairie High School and Dubiski Career High School) that meet the Promise deadlines will receive sufficient funding to pay the full cost of tuition for up to three years or 60 credit hours at any college within the Dallas County Community College District. Promise Scholars who meet income requirements and have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship to cover the cost of textbooks. Additionally, Dallas County Promise Scholars will be paired with and supported by a Success coach. Transfer scholarships available to UNT Dallas and SMU, with more universities coming on board soon. 

    If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor.

    Click here to go to the Dallas County Promise website.

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  • Dallas County Promise Scholarship

    The Pledge Opens September 1, 2022

    Dallas County Promise is a last dollar scholarship that covers tuition (cost of classes) at partner colleges and offers a Success Coach for 2022 Dallas County high school graduates from participating campuses, with options for all Texas residents.

    Class of 2022 seniors at Dubiski Career High School, Grand Prairie High School and South Grand Prairie High School are encouraged to complete the Promise scholarship process. 

    For more information, contact your College Access Advisor in the College and Career Center at your high school campus or your High School Counselor.

    Promise Benefits for Students:

    1. GUARANTEED: Promise students who are TX residents & meet application deadlines are guaranteed to have their tuition covered at any Dallas College and some 4-year Universities.
    2. ALL MEANS ALL: Options for ALL TX resident students at the 57 participating high schools regardless of income or high school GPA, including DACA/DREAMer students!
    3. STUDENT SUPPORT: Promise staff support during senior year & proactive college Success Coach support beginning at the end of senior year – check emails and college portals!
    4. NO OBLIGATION: Promise Pledge must have been completed by March 31 to be eligible, but there may be better college and financial aid options outside of Promise – decide what is the best fit college option for you!
    5. RISING STAR @ Dallas College: Promise Pledge also counts as Dallas College Rising Star scholarship application; students will automatically receive book stipend at Dallas College if they meet additional income and GPA requirements for Rising Star scholarship.

    For more information, contact your College Access Advisor in the College and Career Center at your high school campus or your High School Counselor.

    There are three main steps to be eligible for the Promise scholarship program:


    • Senior Year by February 2, 2022:
    • Make your Promise Pledge at DallasCountyPromise.org. Remember, your pledge is only complete once submission confirmation with ID received.

    Apply & Submit

    • Senior Year by March 1, 2022:
    • Complete your admission application to a Promise partner college through Apply Texas.
    • Submit the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list a Promise Partner college or submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to college partners.


    • Senior Year by July 27, 2022:
    • Register for classes at a Promise Partner college for the Fall 2022 semester.

    Note: Promise Priority Deadline is January 12, 2022 (all items due) for the following college partners:

    • SMU
    • TAMU-Texarkana
    • UTA

    For more information, contact your College Access Advisor in the College and Career Center at your high school campus or your High School Counselor.

    2021-2022 Dallas County Promise Partner Colleges/Universities:

    • Austin College
    • Dallas College
    • Midwestern State University
    • Paul Quinn College
    • Prairie View A&M University
    • Southern Methodist University
    • Texas A&M University Commerce
    • Texas A&M University Texarkana
    • Texas Woman’s University
    • University of North Texas @ Dallas
    • University of Texas @ Arlington

    Website: https://dallascountypromise.org/students/college-partners

    Download a copy of our Partner Visual Matrix in English and Spanish to compare offers from our partner colleges and universities.

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  • New Promise Marketing Materials

    Click here to access digital 2021-2022 Promise marketing materials in multiple languages.

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  • The Dallas County Promise Experience from Dallas County Promise on Vimeo.

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Parent Promise

  • What is Parent Promise?

    Parent Promise is a scholarship program which provides a pathway for you, the parent of a graduating high school student, to earn a certificate or college degree in an in-demand field of study at no cost to you.

    How do I qualify?

    • Do you have a graduating high school student from a Promise High School?
    • Does your family have an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than $55,000?

    Already have an associate degree?

    If you’re interested in continuing your education and earning a bachelor’s degree or higher, check out our university partners: collegeworks.org/parent-promise.

    Visit dcccd.edu/parentpromise to get started on becoming a Parent Promise Scholar!

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