Hand In Hand Support Program (Foster Care)

Were you a part of the Texas foster care system? We want to support you!

The Hand In Hand Support Program is here to help Dallas College students who have experienced foster care. We provide a wide range of services to help you succeed and thrive in school and life. All Dallas College campuses have a program assistant to assist you.

From enrollment to graduation,
we're here to help and we'll do it together.


One-on-One Attention

A dedicated staff member at your campus will be your main point of contact.


Student Services Support

We'll help you navigate financial aid, success coaching and other student services.


Get Connected

We can link you to resources most beneficial to your needs as a student and an alum.

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Free Tuition at Dallas College

As a Texas foster care alumnus, you may be able to attend college for free through a state tuition and fee exemption.

Where to Begin?

  1. Contact us!
  2. We can help you see if you qualify for free tuition. Email us or get in touch another way.

    General Interest Form Schedule an Appointment
  3. Receive your tuition and fee waiver.
  4. Contact your regional Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) coordinator for a tuition and fee exemption letter, then send it to us. Dallas County is within region 3.

    Find Your PAL Coordinator Send Us Your Waiver
  5. We can help you apply for the FAFSA.
  6. You will need to fill out the FAFSA each year to be eligible for federal financial aid. We can help!

    FAFSA Overview File Your FAFSA

Essential Student Resources

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Apply to Dallas College, register for classes, view upcoming important dates and more.

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Financial Aid

Learn about the FAFSA, how to apply for it and when to expect your funds.

Financial Aid
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Student Care Network

Get help with personal counseling, rental assistance, food, DART passes and more.

Student Care Network
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Student Resource Directory

For everything else you need related to academics, services, wellness and safety.

Student Resource Directory


Frequently Asked Questions

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, Suite310, Hurst, Texas76053.

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 Apply & Register page. You will find information about how to enroll. In addition, you can contact the Hand in Hand Support program for additional assistance.

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 studentaid.gov.

Start with our Financial Aid Offices. You can also check out the Financial Aid FAQs, which provide answers to many questions. Be sure to read our general overview of financial aid.

Great! Fill out our General Information form so we can get to know you better and supply you with more information.

Contact Us

We're ready when you are! Find and connect with the dedicated staff member at your campus, schedule an appointment or fill out our general interest form.

We can also be reached at WeCare@DallasCollege.edu.