2022-2023 Parent Promise Policy Manual

Dallas County Parent Promise Introduction

The Dallas County Parent Promise (DCPP) is a transformational effort of the Dallas College Foundation to reduce the financial burden on Dallas County adults while completing a postsecondary degree or credential. The DCPP is an expansion of and funded by the Dallas College Foundation’s existing LevelUp Scholarship Program. Students at Dallas County Promise high schools who complete the Dallas County Promise (DCP) Path form by February 1, 2024 will enable his/her parent or guardian’s eligibility in the DCPP. DCPP Scholars will be supported by a Dallas College Promise Coach and a Success Coach (Academic Advisor).

The vision of the Dallas County Parent Promise is to create equal access to in-demand career opportunities in Dallas County by removing financial barriers to attaining certificate and degree completion.

  • Increase the number of working adults in Dallas County with a college degree or certificate by 30 percent;
  • Create a pipeline for middle skilled jobs in Dallas County;
  • Close the opportunity gap for working adults in Dallas County;
  • Remove the barriers to quality education for working adults in Dallas County

2023-2024 Dallas County Parent Promise Policies

The Dallas College Foundation’s LevelUp Scholarship provides a “last dollar” scholarship to one parent or guardian of a graduating student from Dallas County Promise (DCP) high schools. DCPP participants must be willing to enroll in a Dallas College academic program which leads to an occupation in an in-demand career field. The DCPP scholarship covers any gap between financial aid awards and the cost of tuition at one of the seven Dallas College campuses for up to 5 years or the completion of a certificate or degree. DCPP scholarships are awarded to scholars attending Dallas College who maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester, and whose annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $75,000. In addition to the financial aid award, DCPP Scholars will be supported by a Dallas College Promise Coach and a Success Coach (Academic Advisor).

Eligibility is limited to parents and guardians of participating Promise high schools who meet the following criteria:

  • Eligible participants must be the parent or guardian of a high school student from a Promise high schools. The student must be enrolled at a Promise high school for the full 2023-2024 school year and graduate by July 1, 2024. The graduating student must also complete a Promise Path form for the parent or guardian to be eligible for Parent Promise. However, the student is not required to attend a Promise college or university partner after graduation for the parent to retain their Parent Promise eligibility. The 2023-2024 Promise high schools can be found in Appendix A.
  • Eligible participants must have an annual adjusted gross income of less than $75,000.
  • Eligible participants must meet the following Promise deadlines:
    • February 1, 2024: Complete the Dallas County Parent Promise Path form
    • May 1, 2024: Complete Dallas College admissions application.
    • May 1, 2024: Submit FAFSA or TASFA with Dallas College listed.
    • August 1, 2024: Complete Dallas College registration for the fall semester.
    *DCPP scholars who do not meet the Dallas County Parent Promise deadlines and choose to still attend Dallas College will be responsible for all tuition and costs not covered by other scholarships or financial aid.*
  • Eligible participants must start classes the fall semester after being accepted into DCPP.
    • DCPP scholars must successfully complete 12 credit hours in an academic year.
    • DCPP scholars will have five-years to complete their degree or certificate program before eligibility is exhausted.
    • DCPP scholars may enroll in fall, spring, summer, winter, or May terms after enrolling in their initial fall semester.
  • Eligible participants may already hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Eligible participants can be former students of any Dallas College institution.
    • If a scholar enters the DCPP program on probation or suspension, all restrictions according to Dallas College policies will still apply. However, if the scholar continues to meet all DCPP program renewal requirements, the Dallas College Foundation will continue to cover their tuitioin.
  • In regards to a scholar’s criminal record, eligibility for the Dallas County Parent Promise program is consistent with the eligibility requirements in the federal Title IV programs which includes the Federal Pell Grant program.

Dallas County Parent Promise Scholars:

  1. MUST maintain up-to-date contact information to receive relevant communications from the Parent Promise Team.
  2. May enroll in either college credit courses or workforce training certificate programs through continuing education from an approved list provided by DCPP Administrators.
  3. May receive other private scholarship funds (contact College Financial Aid Office for further details).
  4. May use DCPP dollars towards the completion of developmental classes.
  5. May use DCPP dollars towards a second degree.
  6. May enroll in flex or mini-term courses.
  7. May begin the program on academic probation or suspension. However, all DCPP scholars must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester to maintain eligibility.
  8. May only enroll in the same course 2 times. If the scholar is unsuccessful in the course both times, the student will become financially responsible for that course.
  9. May only change program of study one time while enrolled in Parent Promise. Scholar must still complete the certificate or degree in the original 5 years.
  10. May NOT use Promise scholarship towards credit or continuing education courses that are not part of the approved list provided by DCPP Administrators.
  11. May NOT use Promise scholarship towards study abroad courses.
  12. May NOT purchase textbooks, supplies, or other items not included in tuition with DCPP funds.
  13. May NOT use the DCPP award at a non-Promise college or university.
  14. May NOT be enrolled in two separate institutions at one time.
  15. May NOT transfer the award to another individual.
  16. May NOT receive a refund of any unspent Promise dollars in his/her award account.

DCPP Scholars must meet the following criteria in order to maintain eligibility:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better each semester
  • Successfully complete 12 credit hours in an academic year
  • Complete FAFSA/TASFA each year
  • Register for classes by the assigned Promise deadline their first year in the program

Immediate Ineligibility Criteria

The Dallas County Parent Promise invokes the right to immediately remove a scholar’s eligibility if they fail to adhere to any of the following requirements:

  • The scholar does not complete 12 credit hours or 450 contact hours (continuing education courses only) per academic year during the five years in the program at Dallas College.
  • The scholar does not re-apply for next academic year’s FAFSA/TASFA.
  • The scholar is suspended or expelled by the campus for violating the Dallas College Student Code of Conduct.
  • The scholar does not return to Dallas College after attending another institution or be concurrently enrolled in Dallas College and another institution, unless submit and receive approval for their dual enrollment request and/or are within one semester of degree completion at Dallas College.
  • The scholar’s appeal is not approved.
  • The scholar knowingly falsifies or enters major discrepancies of any information on their DCPP application, admissions application, or FAFSA/TASFA Application.
  • The scholar fails to accept all financial aid awards for which they are eligible, including Pell and state grants.
  • The scholar fails to complete a financial aid file and/or verification process, if applicable, by the end of each semester.

Policy Changes

Policies may be subject to change without notice. It is a scholar’s responsibility to refer to the policies as posted on the Parent Promise Website for updates and changes to the Promise program. All participants are required to refer to the policy manual of the year in which they entered the DCPP program.

Contact Questions: If you have additional questions that were not covered in this policy document, please email the Parent Promise Team at parentpromise@dcccd.edu.