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Who Is Eligible for the Rising Star Program?

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If you are a high school senior and meet the qualifications listed below, you can be a Rising Star!

  • You must graduate from an eligible Dallas County public high school, Dallas Can! Academy or approved charter high school. Contact the Rising Star advisor at the college of your choice to find out whether your high school is eligible.

  • You must exhibit financial need; in other words, your family’s income must fall within a specific range (see the table below).

  • You must complete a financial aid application with a college Financial Aid Office using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Or, if you are an undocumented student and are not eligible for federal aid, print a copy of the FAFSA application (PDF - 478KB) and submit it with your family income information to your college’s Financial Aid Office. The results of the application will determine your financial eligibility for the Rising Star program.

    If you have any questions about your financial aid eligibility, please contact your college’s Financial Aid Office.

  • You must complete the Rising Star application process in the spring of your senior year of high school. We will accept applications for the Rising Star class of 2017 from Feb. 1, 2017, through July 1, 2017. (See How to Apply.)

You also must meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Graduate in the top 40 percent of your class

  • Graduate with a B average (80 percent or better on a 100-point scale)

Family Income Eligibility Guidelines for Rising Star Financial Assistance

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Annual Family Income Cannot Exceed$38,050$43,450$48,900$54,300$58,650$63,000$67,350$71,700