What Would You Do With a Free College Education?

Free College is here for adults of all ages! 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.

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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 2023


Capital IDEA students received direct support in 2023


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

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Graduate Spotlight: Abraham Esqueda

[top left] Abraham is pictured with his wife, Emely, and Dr. Lowery-Hart, Chancellor of Austin Community College. [bottom left] Abraham with Alyssia Palacios-Woods, Executive Director of Capital IDEA. [bottom center] Abraham, Emely, and Dr. Lowery-Hart, pictured with Andy Davis, President and CEO, Ascension Texas; and Geronimo Rodrigues, Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension Texas. July 10, 2024 […]

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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!