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A New Promise: Free College for Dallas County Seniors

This article appeared in a November 2017 issue of the student newsletter.

Tell your mom, tell your dad, tell your friend attending Conrad!

The Dallas County Promise will allow seniors from 31 area high schools to go to community college for free next year.

DCCCD’s promise to students is this: free tuition with options for transfer scholarships to the University of North Texas at Dallas. Southern Methodist University will also partner with Dallas County Promise to select students for transfer scholarships to support future leaders of Dallas County. 

The program will pay full tuition for up to three years or degree completion at any DCCCD college. 

“We know that the greatest barrier to college completion is cost. With the support of our partners, we will create more affordable pathways to college completion, which also will align with the needs of the North Texas workforce,” says DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May. “It’s a game-changer for students, businesses and the communities we serve that will transform lives.”

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the program, seniors at the 31 Promise schools need to:

  • sign a “Promise Pledge” by Jan. 31, 2018; 

  • complete an ApplyTX or DCCCD admissions application and submit FAFSA/TASFA forms, listing their DCCCD college of choice, by March 15, 2018; 

  • enroll at a DCCCD college and complete registration by July 31, 2018; and

  • maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete at least 18 credit hours each academic year to continue to receive tuition benefits.

Special Benefits for Promise Students

Promise Scholars will benefit from college success mentors and will be able to receive a Rising Star scholarship, which covers the cost of books, if they have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher and meet income requirements.

Help Spread the Good News

For more on the Dallas County Promise, visit Also be sure to tell your siblings, friends or neighbors who could benefit from this amazing new program!