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What Would You Do With a Free College Education?

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 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.


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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Partner Spotlight – Austin Community College District (ACC)

By Jeff Sanchez | JANUARY 11, 2023 Partnerships are crucial to Capital IDEA's success. From donors to employers to education providers, our success and the success of our students depends on the quality of our partnerships. One key partnership that has been in place since Capital IDEA’s founding is with Central Texas’s largest education and […]

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