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Who Is Eligible for the Rising Star Program?

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

  • You will graduate from an eligible Dallas County public high school, Dallas Can! Academy or approved charter high school by June 2018. 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 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 during your senior year of high school. We will accept applications for the Rising Star class of 2018 from Oct. 1, 2017, through March 15, 2018. (See How to Apply.) If you complete a Dallas County Promise Pledge form at a participating high school between Oct. 1, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, you will be automatically considered for Rising Star and will be notified that you are eligible.

You also must meet the following academic requirement:

  • Have at least a 2.5 high school GPA (or 75 percent or better on a 100-point scale) at the time of application


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