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North Dallas High seniors are among the students at 31 high schools eligible to participate in the Dallas County Promise, which provides a pathway to college.

Led by the Dallas County Community College District, the program removes a key barrier (cost) for many Dallas County families.

Students who graduate from a participating high school and meet the Promise deadlines will receive:

  • Sufficient funding to pay the full cost of tuition for up to three years or degree completion at any college within the DCCCD, regardless of family income or GPA
  • College Success Coach support beginning at the end of senior year and continuing through college completion
  • Promise Scholars who meet financial requirements and have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship, which will cover the cost of textbooks
  • Transfer scholarships available to UNT-Dallas and SMU, with more universities coming on board soon.

North Dallas lead counselor Dr. Leslie Laws said North Dallas has 211 seniors and 84 percent have enrolled in the program.

“The Dallas Promise Program is an excellent opportunity for those wanting to attend a two-year college,” Laws said. “For those who are planning on going to a four-year university, it is a great backup plan in case their situation changes over the summer after graduation.”

To receive the Dallas County Promise, 2018 seniors must meet three key deadlines:

January 31: Complete the Dallas County Promise Pledge

March 15:  Complete DCCCD admissions application and submit FAFSA or TASFA with a DCCCD college listed

July 31: Complete DCCCD registration for the Fall semester

Note: seniors in a Promise high school must complete the Promise Pledge by January 31 to be eligible for both Promise and Rising Star. Students that miss any of the deadlines are not eligible to receive either scholarship. 

For more information, reach out to the Dallas County Promise team at info@DallasCountyPromise.org.

Or take a look at the following links:

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2017/11/02/students-31-schools-can-go-college-free-new-dallas-county-promise

http://dallascountypromise.org/faqs