Are you an alumni of the Texas foster care system? DCCCD’s Foster Care Student Program can help you.
The Foster Care Student Program connects you to
College Champions at
El Centro College. These Champions:
DCCCD’s Foster Care Student Program is a collaboration between the District Office of Educational Policy/Student Success and Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland colleges.
As a Texas foster care alumni, you are eligible to attend college free through a
state tuition and fee exemption.
If you have been in the Texas foster care system, learn how we can help you:
Contact the College Champion at a college.
Contact your PAL (Preparation for Adult Living) caseworker or the PAL supervisor, Rebecca L. Daniel, by phone at 817-255-2311; by email at
Rebecca.Daniel@dfps.state.tx.us; or by mail, 951 W. Pipeline Road, Ste. 310, Hurst, TX 76053.
If you were adopted from foster care or were eligible for adoption at age 14 or older, you may also be eligible for the exemption.
No. You are not eligible for the Texas college tuition and fee exemption if you were in the conservatorship of another state.
Start with the
Admissions and Registration Process page. You will find information about how to enroll. In addition, you can
contact the College Champions.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You need to fill out the application and submit it every year to be eligible for federal financial aid.
Take a look at our FAFSA overview. Then, to get started filling out a FAFSA online, go to
Start with our Financial Aid offices. You can also look into Financial Aid FAQs, which provide answers to many questions. Be sure to read our
general overview of financial aid.