Support Programs

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Dallas College’s support programs are designed to meet the unique needs of historically underrepresented students in higher education. Dedicated, full-time staff within each area help students recognize and apply their own strengths inside and outside of the classroom. Each program provides unique services, programs and activities to help students excel personally, professionally and academically. In this section, you can learn more information about our five support programs: Foster Care, Inclusive Excellence, Men of Distinction, Military-Connected Services and Rising Star.

Dallas College’s foster care program is designed to support students who were involved in the foster care system by providing professional guidance, educational support and mentoring. Dedicated staff work with a campus-wide network of champions to assist students by focusing on their recruitment, retention and success. In addition to working one-on-one with students, the foster care program provides social activities, study groups, field trips and visits to workforce partners and four-year institutions.

The Inclusive Excellence Support Program advocates for and supports women, LGBTQ+ students and all communities experiencing oppression. The program is a campus resource that fosters an affirming and inclusive environment through a variety of initiatives, including educational workshops, lectures, leadership development, resource referral, celebratory programs and advocacy. Inclusive Excellence staff members provide campus education, student empowerment, advocacy and connection for students.

Male Achievement Program (MAP) is an academic success and mentoring program geared towards men of color at Dallas College.

The program aims to increase the academic success, leadership abilities, professional skills and financial security of males of color by expanding the sense of belonging, academic confidence, campus engagement, personal identity and career aspirations.

For more information about the Male Achievement Program, contact us today at

The purpose of Women's Empowerment Network (WEN) is to empower and support women students in creating a strong academic foundation upon which to build lifelong success.

For more information about the Women's Empowerment Network (WEN), contact us today at

Military-Connected Services (MCS) staff members at Dallas College serve as advisors and advocates and meet with U.S. military-connected students face-to-face or virtually to strategize academic and career plans. The MCS offices also provides help with job placement and transferring upon degree or certificate completion.

Program Leads work one-on-one with students to provide academic interventions and connection to various campus resources to improve academic performance.

Compliance Managers provide support for all students using military-connected educational benefits, including: GI Bill®*, VA Vocational Retraining and Employment (VR&E), Texas Hazlewood Act, Military Tuition Assistance (TA), and MyCAA. Find out more about how to apply for and receive educational benefits.

Financial Aid

You can apply for financial aid (using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you are receiving military-connected educational benefits. Find out how to apply for financial aid.

Other Military-Connected Programs and Services

  • College Credit for Heroes (CCH) provides credit for your military training. Through the CCH program, specific military training has been evaluated by Dallas College for the award of academic credit. Depending on your degree plan and military training, you may be closer to completing a degree than you realized.

Contact the Military-Connected Services office at your campus.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

The Rising Star Program provides qualified high school graduates with academic support services, career development and up to $5,500 to be used over a three-year period. Through Rising Star, you have the opportunity to earn an associate degree or job certification in more than 100 career and academic programs offered at all Dallas College locations.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Apply between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1 of your senior year in high school.
  • Be a graduate from an eligible Dallas County public high school, Dallas CAN! Academy, or an approved charter high school in Dallas County.
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 unweighted grading scale reported by the school district or high school for seventh-semester grades.
  • Exhibit financial need as indicated by the family income eligibility guidelines for Rising Star assistance.

Once accepted into the program, students must complete & pass at least 18 credit hours per academic year (Fall, Spring, & Summer combined) to remain eligible.