Student Services

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The Admissions and Student Records Office is responsible for student records and should be your contact point for the following:

  • Address or name changes
  • Residency questions
  • Commencement information
  • Verification of enrollment
  • Dallas College transcripts​

For more detailed information about transcripts, please contact your campus Admissions and Student Records Office.

  1. Apply for College - New-to-college students must complete an application for admission to the Dllas College.
    1. Requirements for Admission
    2. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
    3. Residency
    4. Complete the Choices360 career interest assessments
      1. Complete the following modules:
        1. Interest Profiler
        2. Career Cluster Assessment
        3. Work Values Sorter
        4. Basic Skills Survey
      2. Choices360 career interest assessments for those without a Dallas College account
  2. Pre-Advising - The pre-advising steps will allow an admissions enrollment representative to connect you to online tools and campus resources.
    1. Admissions and Student Records Offices
  3. Assessment Requirements - Before registering for your first credit course, you must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). This includes a pre-assessment activity and assessment testing.
    1. Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)
    2. Testing Centers
  4. Information Session - All new students are required to attend an information session through the Advising Center as well as the New Student Orientation. During your information session, you will learn about the registration process and the many ways we can help you succeed on and off campus.
    1. Academic Advising
    2. New Student Orientation
  5. Registering for Classes - Any accepted student who has completed the application and advising process may register for the coming semester.
    1. Dates and Deadlines
    2. Find a Class
  6. Paying for College - Find out when to pay and where to pay. Remember, financial aid and payment plans are available.
      1. Tuition and Costs
      2. Financial Aid and Scholarships
      3. Payment Plans
      4. Business/Cashier Offices

Step 1 — Prerequisite to Apply to Graduate

Please be aware that participation in the commencement ceremony does not mean that you have been certified or necessarily will be certified for graduation. Certification — that is, actual degree/certificate conferral — will depend upon your successful fulfillment of all of the requirements for receiving a degree/certificate as your degree plan describes in the Catalog.

By reading this required information, you understand and agree to all of this information, including that your participation in the commencement ceremony does not mean that you have graduated and that degree/certificate conferral depends upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements described in the Catalog and degree plan.

Step 2 — Register for Grad 101 Seminar

Completion of Step 2 is required of all students who are applying to graduate, whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.

When nearing the completion of your program, you must register and attend a GRAD 101 session. You will meet with a completion advisor who will evaluate your degree plan and verify that you have met or will meet all requirements for your program. The advisor will be able to assist with any questions regarding your degree plan.

Attention: Students must be approved for graduation prior to being able to participate and remain on the graduation list. If you are lacking any coursework, lacking any REQUIRED forms, etc., this will affect your approval status and delay your graduation until that coursework is met.

Step 3 — Graduation Application

Required: This step will be sent to your email address that's on file in your final semester.

You must complete an application to graduate for each degree. For example, select “Associate of Applied Science Social Work.” Submit the application. Return to “Apply to Graduate” to select your second degree/certificate, complete the application and submit.

Completion of Step 4 is required both for students participating in the commencement ceremony (attending) and for students not planning to participate (not attending).

Notice: Commencement is held once a year, in an optional ceremony held in May. This ceremony will honor all Fall, Spring and Summer graduates.

Academic Advising is an on-going, intentional, educational partnership dedicated to student success. Dallas College is committed to building collaborative relationships and a structure that guides students to discover and pursue life goals, advance their intellectual and cultural development and learn to be engaged, self-directed learners and competent decision-makers.

Meeting with an Advisor

Academic advisors are available to meet with you throughout the year — not just at registration time. Please contact us if you have any questions. Appointments can be scheduled through the Navigate app.

Students will have a designated academic advisor based on their chosen guided pathway. Students who are undecided about a guided pathway also have a designated advisor. The advisor for each pathway is listed on the advising webpage. Students are strongly encouraged to establish an ongoing, working relationship with their advisor during their time at Dallas College to ensure that all academic requirements are met and to facilitate timely graduation.

Your advisor can help you:

  • Complete the registration process
  • Choose a career path that matches your program of study and degree or certificate
  • Select a guided pathway that works for your four-year college of choice
  • Connect to other campus resources
  • Learn skills including time management, critical thinking and decision-making
  • Create a plan for raising your GPA if you are on scholastic probation (Read the catalog for more information about scholastic probation/suspension.)

For a successful partnership, students are urged to meet with their advisor every semester by going online to make an appointment or by calling for an appointment at the appropriate Advising Center. Advising sessions are scheduled after you have completed TSI requirements.

To help you stay on track, download the Navigate mobile app. It's like having a personal advisor on call 24/7, from orientation through to graduation.

Please view the recommended technology for students taking online classes.

Under Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), if you drop too many classes without having an acceptable reason, your GPA and financial aid could be affected. Be sure you understand how this law may affect you before you drop a class.

The law applies to students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education for the first time in Fall 2007 or later. Under this law, you may not drop more than six classes without an acceptable reason during your entire undergraduate career without penalty.

For more information, please see Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College in the catalog or read Facts About Dropping Classes. Your academic advisor can also answer questions about this law and how it may affect you.

Dallas College's bookstores, operated by Follett, carry all books and course materials required for courses taught at the college, including new and used books, rentals and eTextbooks.

Used, rental, and rental eTextbooks are generally the least expensive option for students but supplies are limited, so shop early for the most savings. For book information, go to txbk.info/dallas and enter your student ID number.

Textbooks can be returned within the first two weeks of the Spring and Fall semester and the first two days of the Summer semester. A valid bookstore receipt must be presented. The refund will be issued in original method of payment. The refund will be issued via the original method of payment. The bookstore also buys used textbooks from students throughout the year, no matter where they were purchased. Get up to 50% of the sales price if your professors have requested the book for required use next term, the book is in good condition and the bookstore is not overstocked. Otherwise, prices are based on current national demand.

The bookstore also carries a great selection of college merchandise, medical supplies, graduation regalia, school supplies, snacks, beverages and much more.

The IncludED initiative at Dallas College gives students access to the learning materials they need on or before the first day of class. The best part is that it's stress-free and effortless, and it levels the playing field for students, regardless of economic background or social status.

Early College and Dual Credit students will participate through their designated high school. Dallas College is not currently including continuing education courses in this initiative.

More information is on the IncludED website.

Dallas College’s Career Development and Employment Services team is committed to educating and engaging students and alumni, facilitating their career development and empowering students to actively plan their future as contributing members of a global community.

Career Resources and Services

Career Development and Employment Services provides a wide array of career-related resources and services to meet the needs of all students and alumni. The professional career development team provides assistance with career exploration through assessments, job searches, resume building, mock interviews and more. Students can also discuss special opportunities such as apprenticeships, cooperative education or internship programs that provide access to the field or industry in which they are majoring.

Career development services and resources are provided at no cost, including:

  • Career coaching
  • Career exploration for undecided students
  • Career assessments and interpretation
  • Work experience for academic credit (cooperative education and internship programs)
  • Online job portal (part-time on-campus, Federal Work Study, internships and full-time employment; community service opportunities)
  • Resume writing assistance and mock interviews
  • Career Events Calendar listing companies that recruit for part-time, internship and full-time work; seminars/workshops and other career events
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • University recruitment
  • Career development workshops that enhance marketable skills
Contact the Careers Resource Center at CRC@dcccd.edu or contact a Career Development and Employment Services location of your choice:

Dallas College’s Counseling Services team provides quality services for currently registered students in order to assist them in improving their lives and achieving academic success.

Counseling Services are confidential services that are free of charge. Each campus location has counselors available to help our students. Counselors can provide individual counseling with a focus on mental health and well-being. Mental health services via telehealth are available at all campus locations.

Making an Online Counseling Appointment

Contact your campus Counseling Services Office by phone or email:

Students who wish to speak with a counselor can email or call the remote counseling office. To contact your campus counselor, visit the counseling homepage. Please provide the following information in order to be contacted by a counselor:
  • Name
  • Phone number

CARE Team Services

The CARE Team was created to accept referrals regarding individuals in distress, struggling with basic needs, experiencing unexpected crises or whose behavior raises concerns about their well-being or that of others. If you see or hear something, say something.

The CARE Team has been trained to appropriately respond to and provide resources to address mental, emotional or psychological health conditions that may be disruptive, harmful or pose a direct threat or risk to the health and safety of the Dallas College community.

How do you make a referral to the CARE Team?

Online services are available for students during this time of temporary remote instruction. Please complete the CARE Team Online Referral Form in order to communicate with a team member. A representative of the CARE Team will review this information Monday-Friday within 24 business hours.

Note: This form is not for emergency situations. If you find yourself or someone you know in immediate danger, call 911.

Dallas College is committed to providing reasonable accommodation and services to qualified persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

Disability Support Services teams at each campus offer a variety of accommodations for students with disabilities or special requirements. Services are coordinated to fit individual needs and may include:

  • Sign language interpreting
  • Computer-aided real-time translation (CART) services
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader/scribe services
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Loan of specialized equipment, such as audio tape recorders and talking calculators
  • Providing large-print materials

Academic and career advisement services, testing arrangements, registration and information and referral services are also available.

Students requesting services are responsible for providing current educational or psychological/medical documentation from a qualified professional verifying disability and need for assistance. New students are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services at least one month before classes begin. Students should submit their documentation and application.

Students with disabilities attending college have a right to appeal decisions concerning physical and academic accommodations by submitting a written petition to the designated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. For more information, contact Disability Support Services.

Links for more information:

The Dual Credit and Early College High School program is approved and regulated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board defines dual credit as a system in which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) from both the college and high school. This program enables a high school student to earn credit towards high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credit towards an associate degree or workforce program certificate.

The Financial Aid Office at Dallas College is committed to helping students find the financial assistance they need to meet their educational goals. The college participates in various state and federal grants, work-study, loan and scholarship programs. Most of these programs are available to anyone who demonstrates financial need and qualifies academically.

Students interested in obtaining financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be accessed at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

Students classified as a Texas resident who cannot apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA are encouraged to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

The financial aid application process begins each year on October 1st. Filing early is best. Resources and financial aid contact information for assistance with the FAFSA and completing your financial aid file can be found on our website.

The mission of the Health Services team is to promote health, wellness and preventive care for the Dallas College community.

You do not need to be sick to visit a Health Center. Health questions and concerns are welcome. Students with chronic health problems should visit the Health Center to discuss any special concerns with a nurse before attending classes, or whenever problems arise. No information about your health will be released without your written permission unless required by law.

Contact the Health Center at each of our campuses:

Immunizations

Need your bacterial meningitis (MCV4) immunization? This vaccination is required for all students under the age of 22 entering college. Learn more about the Texas Department of Health's Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule.

Nurse Line

The Health Services team offers a Nurse Help Line accessible to all students and employees seeking health advice and information.

  • Phone: 972-860-8970
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registered Nurses

Registered nurses coordinate and provide on-campus services that include:

  • First aid for accident, injury or illness
  • Health information and brochures
  • Some over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines such as Tylenol, aspirin and antacids
  • Referral information for community health services
  • Select health education, community resources and screening programs
  • Confidential health counseling

The Honors Program provides highly qualified students with an enriched and challenging academic community where they develop the capabilities necessary to excel in their educational and career goals.

International Student Services advises all new and continuing international students and students for whom English is not their first language. Advisors are trained to determine the English proficiency level of a student and recommend the appropriate English skills program: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for credit or the Intensive English Program.

Information and services are also provided in the following areas:

  • Admission of students on F-1 and other visa types
  • Immigration information
  • Academic advising
  • Degree planning
  • Interpretation of assessment test scores
  • Transfer guidelines
  • Cross-cultural communication techniques and mentoring

The Conversation Partners Program brings together native English speaking volunteers with students from the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Volunteers meet each week with a small group of students to give them an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills and to learn about American culture.

Learning Technology

Learning Technology is a broad range of communication, information and related technologies that are used to support learning, teaching and assessment. As a Dallas College student, you will need a device with internet access. A web browser will be used to access learning materials and activities. Suitable devices are:

  • A Windows desktop computer or laptop running the Windows 10 or later operating system.
  • A Macintosh desktop computer or laptop running the OS X 10.8 or later operating system.

A Chromebook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices, please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your device.

To be able to talk and listen in online class discussions, we recommend both a microphone and speakers/headphones. Please note that devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material in your classes and carry out some activities.

Navigate

As soon as you become a student, be sure to download the Navigate app. It's like having a personal advisor on call 24/7. You can use Navigate to plan your class schedule, learn about careers and communicate with your advisor. To use the Navigate app:

  1. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Search "Navigate Student" and install the app.
  3. Once installed, search for "Dallas County Community College District" or Dallas College.
  4. Use your online login ID and password to log in.

Download on the Apple App Store Android App on Google Play  

Learn more about Navigate.

eConnect

eConnect is your online interactive connection to student services. eConnect services include information about admissions, class listings, grades, tuition payments and more. Class listings include available seats, cancellations, additions and other information. You can even plan your schedule and register online if you meet certain eligibility criteria. eConnect is accessed via the web.

Here are some of the many tasks you accomplish through eConnect:

  • Set up/reset passwords and challenge questions
  • Sign up for Emergency Alerts information
  • Check your grades (GPA)
  • See your class schedule
  • Request a transcript
  • Get your student email address
  • Update your personal email address
  • Update your mailing address
  • Submit a DART GoPass application

eCampus

eCampus is your online interactive connection to your classes. eCampus will be your portal to most of the academic activities. Following are some examples of what you'll find on eCampus:

  • Announcements from professors
  • Chat rooms
  • Class content
  • Class syllabi
  • Library resources
  • News and media resources
  • Online classes
  • Calendar to synchronize with your smartphone

Blackboard Collaborate

Many instructors and college services are using Collaborate as a video conferencing tool to connect with students.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is available at no cost to Dallas College students. Students have access to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Teams, Outlook email and more.

Getting Help With Technology

The libraries at Dallas College provides many services and resources for students, both on campus and online. Campus libraries house books and DVDs that can be checked out. Students can also browse many popular journals, magazines and newspapers (but cannot check them out).

Students can check out items with a Dallas College student ID. Course materials, such as textbooks placed on reserve by instructors, are available for in-library use at the circulation desk. Students can also find a quiet place to work at study carrels, study rooms and numerous reading areas.

Our libraries have an impressive array of online and digital documents available via the web. While off campus or on, you can research any class paper using the variety of databases and archives available.

DART GoPass

The Student GoPass is your key to the city. Heading to a class at one of our campuses? How about an event downtown? Or maybe you're catching a flight at DFW? Get there with DART! Simply show your Student GoPass using DART's mobile app, and your trip will be absolutely free. All your DART adventures will also be environmentally friendly. Fewer drivers on the roads means cleaner air for our city. Now that's real value.

Plus, we've also got you covered on finding the nearest station on your campus.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the GoPass program you must be:

  1. A credit student enrolled in six or more credit hours (for the Fall or Spring semesters) and three or more credit hours (for the Summer semester), OR
  2. A continuing education student enrolled in 96 or more contact hours (for the Fall or Spring semesters) and 48 or more contact hours (for the Summer semester).

How to Get Your Student GoPass

  1. Be sure you have paid your tuition by direct payment, through financial aid or by setting up a payment plan.
  2. Have your photo taken at school (if you haven't already).
  3. Fill out the GoPass request form.
  4. Download the GoPass app on your phone. It is free from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  5. Open the GoPass app and register your phone number. In the app, you'll select “More" and then “Your Profile." Follow the instructions to enter your information.
    • o Once your eligibility is verified, your Student GoPass will appear in the app under “Wallet." This means your request form has been processed. Request forms are processed every Monday and Thursday.
    • Note: If you apply for your GoPass during the semester/term, it will generally show up in two–five business days. If you apply for your GoPass before your classes begin, it will typically show up about one week prior to the class start date.

Paratransit Options

Students can also use DART Paratransit Services, an origin-to-destination, curb-to-curb, public transportation service for people with disabilities. This service provides transportation for riders who are unable to use DART's fixed route buses or trains.

You can start your application process online.

The DART website offers information on these services, including A Guide to Paratransit Services.

For more information on arranging paratransit services, please contact the Disability Support Services office at your chosen campus.

Emergency Aid Fund

The Emergency Aid Fund application process opens the first day of each semester and closes the last day of each semester. To apply for emergency funds, download the Edquity mobile app or visit the Edquity website.

Edquity will review your application and determine if you qualify. If you you do, you will receive cash grant assistance within 48 hours.

Edquity’s technology also offers you an index of emergency resources and ongoing budgeting tools to help you preempt potential challenges. Edquity is developing agreements with national vendors, such as extended-stay hotels and car repair shops, to provide access to reduced-fee services at an accelerated rate.

Who can apply?

  • You must be an enrolled, full-time student (12 or more credit hours).
  • You can apply once per academic year.
  • You must have a valid student ID.
  • You can apply regardless of your citizenship status in the U.S.

How do I sign up?

You can find the Edquity app in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or apply for the emergency aid online. Simply download the app or head on over to the website and follow the instructions on how to get started. The application shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to fill out. You don't have to worry about writing answers or finding references. The only thing you need is your student ID.

How long will it take to get my funds?

Funds are meant to support those who experience a financial emergency that interferes with finishing college. You will know within 24 hours if you are approved to receive emergency aid.

How do I claim my emergency fund?

Funds are meant to support those who experience a financial emergency that interferes with finishing college. You will know within 24 hours if you are approved to receive emergency aid.

Do I have to pay back my aid?

No, emergency aid does not require repayment and will not interfere with your current financial aid. If your situation changes, feel free to donate your fund to support other students.

Beyond Emergency Aid

Help goes beyond the Emergency Fund:

  • Dallas Colleges works with the North Texas Food Bank to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to each campus location every month to ensure our students have access to quality nutrition.
  • Some of our students struggle with transportation to and from the college locations, so we have worked with DART to provide free bus/train passes to all Dallas College students.
  • We also work to connect you with free legal help, health-related resources and financial planning resources.

Food Bank and Pantry

Each Dallas College location maintains food pantries for students. Each pantry's hours of operation and office location can be found on the web.

My Community Resources

As part of our commitment to our students and the community, My Community Services is a free online directory to help you find the resources you need to succeed outside of school. You can find services in your area for free or reduced-cost medical care, food, job training and more.

The Testing Center administers tests to students as directed by instructors and advisors/counselors. Students who use the Testing Center must provide the following:

  1. A valid picture identification in the form of a current Dallas College student ID card, a valid driver’s license, a valid passport or military ID card.
  2. Pens, pencils, erasers and calculators when needed./li>
  3. Scannable test answer sheet when needed.
  4. A testing Blue Book for essays if needed. The Testing Center will provide scratch paper when needed.

The center also administers psychometric tests upon referral by a counselor and correspondence tests to students taking courses at universities outside of Dallas College.

Assessment tests are also given through the Testing Center. The center administers the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment test and the Accuplacer ESOL test for students whose native language is not English.

Important Testing Reminders

When taking an instructional test, give the Testing Center examiner your Test Permission Slip, which should contain your name, course name and number, your instructor's name and test number.

  • Your student ID card or a government-issued photographic identification is required before any test is given.
  • Watches, cellular phones and electronic devices are not allowed in the Testing Center.
  • No books, papers, calculators and calculator covers are allowed unless specified by your instructor.
  • Programmable calculators, when allowed, will be cleared before and after a test by the Testing Center staff.
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the Testing Center.
  • Once you have started a test, you will not be allowed to leave and re-enter to continue the test.
  • If it is determined that you have unauthorized materials at your desk, or if you are looking at a test other than your own, your test will be taken from you, your academic records will be blocked immediately and your instructor, Division Dean and the Vice President for Student Affairs will be notified.
  • Students are responsible for providing their own Scantrons, essay books, pens, pencils, erasers and other testing supplies. These items can be purchased in a campus bookstore and at the vending machine located outside the Testing Center.
  • Token-operated lockers are provided for books, watches, calculator covers, electronic devices and other personal items not allowed in the Testing Center. The Testing Center staff will provide test-takers the tokens needed to operate the lockers. Briefcases may need to be stored in your car because of their size.
  • Activities inside and around the Testing Center are monitored by electronic surveillance.

Important Note: Children are not allowed in the Testing Center and can never be left unattended while you test. For more information, please contact the Testing Center at your designated campus.

The TSI Assessment is a placement test to help determine if you are ready for college-level course work in reading, writing and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment unless you are exempt.

Do I have to take the TSI Assessment?

Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. You may be exempt if you:

  • Have met the minimum college readiness standard on the SAT, ACT or a statewide high school test, such as TAKS.
  • Have successfully completed college-level English and math courses.
  • Have enrolled in a Level-One certificate program (fewer than 43 semester credit hours).
  • Are not seeking a degree.
  • Have been, or currently are, in the military and have appropriate paperwork (DD214).

For more information visit the college's TSI webpage.

Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity

According to Texas state policy, you will have to complete a Pre-Assessment Activity prior to testing. You will view a video and take a 12-question quiz.

The PAA includes the following:

  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment and practice test questions and feedback.
  • An explanation of all your developmental education options, if you don't meet the minimum passing standard.
  • Information on campus and community resources that will help you succeed as a college student.

After completing the PAA, an advisor will provide you with a TSI testing referral.

Complete the PAA at Home:

  • Visit the PAA webpage
  • After watching the 13-minute video, click "Continue to Assessment" under the video screen.
  • Login with your eConnect account, and certify that you have watched the video.
  • Complete the 12-question quiz. Remember to logout when complete.
  • The quiz will log you out after 20 minutes. If this happens, follow the instructions above to retrieve the quiz.
  • After PAA completion, report to Admissions and Student Records and ask for a testing referral.

How to Prepare:

To access the full sample questions document, visit the College Board website.

Take advantage of the sample questions to improve in areas where your academic performance is not the strongest. These sample questions help you familiarize yourself with the types of questions asked on the TSI Assessment.

How will I be able to take the TSI Assessment?

After completion of the Pre-Assessment Activity, report to Admissions and Student Records. An admissions specialist or academic advisor will provide you with a TSI testing referral.

What does the TSI Assessment cover?

The TSI Assessment in Mathematics is a 20-item multiple-choice test that measures the following areas: Elementary Algebra and Functions; Intermediate Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability.

The TSI Assessment in Reading is a 24-item, multiple-choice test that measures the following areas: Literary Analysis; Main Idea and Supporting Details; Inferences in a Text(s); and Author's Use of Language. /p>

The TSI Assessment in Writing is an assessment that contains a multiple-choice and essay section. The multiple-choice section is a 20-item test that measures the following areas: Essay Revision; Agreement; Sentence Structure; and Sentence Logic. The essay portion asks you to write a five-paragraph persuasive essay (approximately 300-600 words) on a controversial issue or a topic of current interest.

What are the components and cut-off scores for the TSI Assessment?

The entire TSI Assessment consists of three sections with an average test time of four–six hours. The computer adaptive questions are administered in the order below. Your scores on the initial questions determine if you will receive further testing on the diagnostic component or the Adult Basic Education component (each student must complete the Pre-Assessment Activity at least one time.)

Math: 20 initial questions, no time limit (possible 48 diagnostic questions or 30 Adult Basic Education questions).

  • Math score of 350–390: No additional testing required = College-Level Ready.
  • Math score of 336–349: Will receive the diagnostic component.
  • Math score of 310–335: Will receive the Adult Basic Education component.

Reading: 24 initial questions, no time limit (possible 48 diagnostic questions or 30 Adult Basic Education questions).

  • Reading score of 351–390: No additional testing required = College Level Ready.
  • Reading score of 342–350: Will receive the diagnostic component.
  • Reading score of 310–341: Will receive the Adult Basic Education component.

Writing: 20 initial questions, no time limit (possible 48 diagnostic questions or 30 Adult Basic Education questions and/or writing an essay of 300–600 words).

  • Writing score of 351–390: Will receive the essay component (score of 363+: only the essay component).
  • Writing score of 350-362: Will receive the diagnostic component (score of 351-362: diagnostic and essay component).
  • Writing score of 310–349: Will receive the Adult Basic Education component (if ABE score is 4+, will receive the essay.)

College Readiness Cut-Off Scores

  • Mathematics: 350-390
  • Reading: 351-390
  • Writing: Essay score of 5, or 363-390 with essay score of 4

TRIO is a group of federal outreach and student services programs that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach college and succeed there. TRIO programs target low-income individuals, first-generation college students and people with disabilities. Services such as tutoring, scholarships, mentoring, academic advising, career counseling and assessment-test preparation guide students through the academic pipeline from middle school to college and beyond.

The following TRIO programs are offered:

  • TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) offers a variety of academic services to help students who qualify for the program. Each student in the program is provided with an Individualized Prescription of Educational support services designed to meet their needs. Our goal is to provide students with the support services that will enable them to succeed in college and TRIO support services.
  • TRIO Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to help students improve their academic skills, complete their high school education and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary institutions. The TRIO Upward Bound program develops the academic and motivational potential of students in the ninth through 12th grades to prepare them for college success.
  • TRIO Veterans Upward Bound reaches out to veterans interested in enrolling in college who are low-income, first-generation college students (neither parent completed a four-year college degree). The program recruits and serves veterans who do not have high school credentials or need additional assistance entering or re-entering a college program.
  • TRIO Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and to continue to — and complete — their postsecondary education. Services are available for students in the sixth through 12th grades, as well as adults ages 19-27.

Contact the TRIO Offices for more information and to discuss your participation.

The Tutoring Servicesteam at Dallas College provides individual and group tutoring to students who are currently enrolled in courses. All of the services are provided at no extra expense to students. Services include tutoring, review sessions, study groups and supplemental instruction. No appointments are necessary, and students are assisted in small groups in labs that are located all around campus.

Veterans Services staff members at Dallas College meet with U.S. military veterans face-to-face to strategize an academic and career plan. The Veterans Services Office also provides help with job placement when you've completed your program.

Contact the Veterans Services office at your campus.

The Veterans Services Office also assists students eligible for VA educational benefits with applying for and obtaining their benefits. Educational programs are approved for Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits. Eligible, degree-seeking students may receive financial assistance as provided by the GI Bill. Find out more about how to apply for and receive VA educational benefits.

Get information, as well as dates and deadlines, for 60% Dates and return of financial aid funds.

Programs and Services

  • Through the Veterans Educational Transitions (VET), specific military experience can be turned into college credit towards a certificate or degree. Then you'll be that much further on your way to a new civilian career, with the paper to prove it. Your military career classification code, depending on your branch of U.S. service, determines what study programs you may be eligible to get college credit for based on your military experience.
  • The Military Preferred Hiring (MPH) initiative gives you access to select employers who want to hire our military-connected (veterans, active duty and reserve) students and alumni.
  • Financial Aid: You can apply for financial aid (using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you are receiving military educational benefits. Find out how to apply for financial aid.