APPLY NOW | Expanded income guidelines expire on September 30th, 2023. Apply now to keep your eligibility through graduation.

CALDWELL COUNTY | We've expanded our service area to include Caldwell County for a limited time. Apply before September 30th, 2023.

What Would You Do With a Free College Education?

Free College is here! As a nonprofit with a mission to get our Central Texas neighbors into great careers, Capital IDEA raises money for your college education. Each year, we raise enough to cover the tuition and textbooks for over 800 adults, just like you! Then we send you to college to get a free college degree in a high-demand career field. If you’re eligible for our program, your tuition and textbooks are already paid for by the generous support of our funders. If you’re serious about getting into a career with a future, sign up for a CareerUp information session to learn more.

We’re Proud of Our Partner Colleges!

Austin Community College   


Capital IDEA students have been placed in new careers


Most graduates TRIPLE their previous earnings


was the average starting wage for Capital IDEA students placed in 2021


Capital IDEA students received direct support in 2021


has been invested in our students’ tuition and books since Capital IDEA first opened in 1998

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Job Posting: Community Outreach Coordinator

Posted: May 18, 2023 We're Hiring! We're on a mission to help thousands of our low-income, Central Texas neighbors reach their full potential and enter great careers. As a member of our outreach team, you'll be tabling events, making community contacts, hosting information sessions, and looking for new opportunities to get the word out about […]

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Central Texas INTERFAITH

Special thanks goes to Central Texas Interfaith for their tireless work in the community and their ongoing support of Capital IDEA!