Qualify to Go Further

Our goal is to provide support to individuals who need financial assistance and guidance to complete their educational journey and enter a great career.

In order to be accepted into a Capital IDEA program
please confirm that you:

  • Are committed to going to school full–time
  • Are 18 years or older (no maximum age limit)
  • Have a GED or High School diploma

High school seniors can apply in their last semester.

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  • Meet the required basic math and reading skills and test at or above
    a fifth-grade reading and math level
  • Have not completed a college degree (Associate Degree or higher)
  • Are a resident of a city or county we are recruiting from (to apply, look for a CareerUp in your county)

  • Are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Qualify as low-income (see chart)

Calculate Your Monthly Income

Household Size Monthly Household Income*
1 $2,023
2 $2,743
3 $3,463
4 $4,183
5 $4,903
6 $5,623
7 $6,343
8 $7,063

To be income-eligible, your household income should be less than the amount shown in the chart above.

Federal Poverty Guidelines (200%). Updated annually. Last updated: 1.29.2018

*Households with more than 8 people add $720 per month or $8,640 per year for each additional person


Applicants who are non-native English speakers will need to be able to read, write and speak English at a high–intermediate level or above. Have questions? Contact us

Learn more about ESOL offered at ACC

Dedication and Commitment

In addition to these qualifications, we’re also seeking applicants who will be dedicated to complete one of our programs and who will be committed to give back to their community, upon graduating.

If you have any questions on meeting the qualifications call: 512.457.8610 or send your questions to