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Harris County Promise is a partnership between PK-12 organizations and higher education institutions to increase college credential and degree attainment for our region. The program provides all graduating seniors from participating high schools access to to a last-dollar scholarship covering tuition and fees, assistance with books, and additional supports to help students succeed in college.

Harris County Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, which means it will cover the gap between the cost of tuition and fees and what grant aid (including federal and state aid, and any additional scholarships) covers. Therefore, you are required to submit the FAFSA or TASFA by April 3 to become Promise-eligible. Visit FAFSAHouston.org for assistance with completing your financial aid applications. 

Harris County Promise is currently only available for seniors graduating from participating high schools entering Houston Community College (from Alief ISD), Lone Star College (from Aldine ISD), or San Jacinto College (from Pasadena ISD). We are diligently working to include more college partners, including four-year institutions. If you would like to become a Promise partner college, click here.  

The participating high schools are Aldine ISD: Aldine Senior High School, Eisenhower High School, Nimitz High School; Alief ISD: Taylor High School; Pasadena ISD: Dobie High School, Sam Rayburn High School, South Houston High School.

All Texas resident seniors from participating high schools are eligible to become Harris County Promise Scholars. To become a Promise Scholar, seniors must complete four steps, which can be found here. There is no income or high school GPA requirement.

Yes, all students eligible to complete a FAFSA or TASFA application can become a Harris County Promise Scholar.

FAFSA

  • U.S. citizen
  • U.S. national
  • Permanent Resident (Green Card holder)
  • Refugee or asylum granted
  • Cuban-Haitian Entrant
  • T visa holder or child of a T 1 visa holder
  • Battered immigrant status

TASFA

  • DACA student
  • Immigrant Texas student
  • At least three years in Texas
  • Graduated from a Texas high school
  • Child of work visa holder

To learn more about completing the FAFSA or TASFA, visit FAFSAHouston.org.

If you have questions about eligibility, contact your counselor to learn more.

You can become a Promise Scholar by completing four steps:

1. Pledge by February 7

Complete the Promise Pledge. Please use your full legal name and information. Your pledge is not complete until you see a submission confirmation.

2. Apply by March 6

Complete an admissions application to your Promise partner college through applytexas.org or the Promise partner college’s website.

3. Submit by April 3

Complete the FAFSA or TASFA and ensure your Promise partner college receives it. Visit FAFSAHouston.org for FAFSA/TASFA support.

4. Enroll by July 31

Register for class at your Promise partner college and confirm all enrollment requirements have been met.

No. Completing a Promise Pledge provides the opportunity to become a Promise Scholar. It is not a binding contract and does not obligate you to attend a Promise college.

There is no cap on the number of seniors from participating high schools who can become Promise Scholars and enroll in a Promise partner college.

Harris County Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, which means it will cover the gap between the cost of tuition and fees and what grant aid (including federal and state aid, and any additional scholarships) covers. Therefore, you are required to submit the FAFSA or TASFA by April 3 to become Promise-eligible. For assistance with completing your financial aid application, visit FAFSAHouston.org.

To remain eligible for Promise once in college, you must enroll in at least 12 credits every fall and spring semester, and maintain a 2.0 GPA. You are also required to meet with your success coach at least once per semester. Full Promise policies can be reviewed here

Visit FAFSAHouston.org for help understanding and completing your FAFSA or TASFA. You can also talk to your high school counselor for support in completing either application.

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