Jamie: Hi everyone! We're here to tell you about an amazing program just for YOU! Thanks to the Dallas College Foundation, you now have the opportunity to earn a certificate or degree in a high-demand career field with your tuition covered, just like your son or daughter! This opportunity is called Parent Promise!
Sheridan: First, let's do a quick overview of what the Parent Promise is, who's eligible to participate, and which programs Parent Promise scholars can participate in.
Parent Promise is a tuition-only scholarship program available to parents and guardians of graduating high school students from all Promise High Schools who have an annual adjusted gross income less than $55,000. If you meet both of those requirements, you're eligible for the program!
The scholarship covers any gap in tuition that your federal or state grants do not cover so your tuition is taken care of! Currently, Parent Promise scholars can choose from several programs from all 7 Guided Pathways to Success at Dallas College. Other benefits of Parent Promise include a success coach & academic advisor on your campus, and a career mentor when you get closer to completing your program.
These 3 people will be available to assist students along their journey to ensure student success. Parent Promise only covers tuition expenses;
it does not cover books that are not included in your tuition.
The following are also NOT included:
However, we'll talk a little later about getting assistance with public transportation and mobile food banks.
Jamie: So you're eligible for the program, great! Now, let's talk about what's required of you while you're in the program. It's pretty simple, really. You have 5 years to complete your certificate or degree using Parent Promise funds.
While you're in the program, you must successfully complete 12 credit hours per academic year, that's fall, spring and summer semesters, and any mini-mester you'd like to take along the way.
You must also maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester, complete the FAFSA or TASFA each year and register for classes by the assigned deadline for Parent Promise Scholars. Before registering for classes, though, you'll need to reach out to your advisor to provide any available transcripts you might have, complete TSI testing if needed and attend a college orientation.
After you've registered for classes, you'll need to take care of a couple of other housekeeping items which will be discussed at your college orientation.
There are a TON of resources available to you on campus once you are a Dallas College student including transportation and food assistance. If transportation is an area of concern for you, as a Dallas College student, you might be eligible for free DART passes. If you're low on any food items at home and need assistance with those, you can check out the free mobile food pantries that come to each campus at least once per month!
Sheridan: If this sounds like something you're interested in, listen closely to the next steps to enroll in the program!
Step 1: Make sure your graduating high school student has taken the Dallas County Promise Pledge.
Step 2: Take your own pledge on the Parent Promise website. When pledging, make sure you have your high school student's full name,
high school name,
high school ID,
and graduating year.
Step 3: Apply to Dallas College.
Step 4: Submit your FAF-SA or TAS-FA application.
Step 5: Keep an eye on your email inbox for further instructions from the Parent Promise team!
It's that simple!
Jamie: What are you waiting for?
Sheridan: Make the pledge today!
Mobile food pantries that come to each campus at least once per month where you can pick up any food items you might be low on at home completely free!
If this sounds like something you're interested in, listen closely for your next steps to enroll in the program!
Make sure your graduating student has made the Dallas County promise pledge which opens on October 1st.
Make your own pledge to the Parent Promise program which opens on November 1st .
Then, keep an eye on your email inbox for further instructions from the Parent Promise team!
I told you it's simple!
What are you waiting for?
Make the pledge today!