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.

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 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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Published: 2023 Annual Report

April 30, 2024 Letter From Our Executive Director Jump to: Highlight: Ray Marshall Update | 2023 Annual Report PDF  Dear Friends, Capital IDEA is proud to have helped more than 2,200 students complete their training and enter high-demand careers since opening our doors in 1998. Over this 25-year trajectory, we've evolved to meet the region's […]

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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!