Qualify for FREE tuition & books

A community program for income-eligible adults

Do You Meet Our Qualifications?

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

High school seniors can apply in their last semester.

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  • You have basic math and reading skills (above a fifth-grade level)
  • You have not completed a college degree (associate degree or higher)
  • You are a resident of a city or county we are recruiting from (to apply, look for a CareerUp in your county)

  • You qualify for in-state tuition (you’ve lived in Texas for 12+ months)
  • You are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You qualify as low-income (see chart)

Calculate Your Monthly Income

Household SizeMonthly Household Income*

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: 2.24.2020

*Households with more than 8 people add $747 per month for each additional person

Have questions?

We have answers to our most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page, like: "What if I have a criminal record?", or "What if I don't have any income?"

Visit our FAQs page to find answers.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Capital IDEA’s Career Expressway program covers tuition for English Level 3 and 4 at Austin Community College. If you're ready for Level 3 or above, you can start now: Apply Now 

If you need Basic English, Level 1, or Level 2 English, complete those classes at Austin Community College and apply to Capital IDEA when you’re ready for Level 3. ESOL Academic Program at ACC 

How do I know what level I'm at?

Take the ESOL assessment and keep your receipt. Capital IDEA will reimburse you for the testing fee at Step 4 of the applicaiton process.
ESOL Assessment Steps 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