A Free College Education

Earn more and move up with an IT Degree from Austin Community College

Capital IDEA is a nonprofit offering free tuition and textbooks to income-eligible adults ready for a new career. Right now, we’re focused on filling the growing need for professionals in information technology (IT) in and around Austin, Texas. We will cover your full tuition and textbooks at Austin Community College to get you started in some of the best tech careers in the region. Plus we’ll help you secure an internship that will gain you valuable experience and make you a more attractive candidate to employers. Who should apply?…

1. Central Texas Residents

If you live in Travis County, Williamson County, Bastrop County, or Hays County you are a Central Texas resident. Cities in these counties include: Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Buda, and Kyle.

2. Income Eligible

To be eligible for this program you must meet our income requirements as well as our other qualifications.

3. Future Professionals

Your associate degree will get you started in a professional IT career field that is in high demand among Central Texas employers. Apply today if you are interested in one of these four IT fields.

  1. Network Administrator
  2. Computer Programming with Software Testing
  3. IT User & Computer Support Specialist
  4. Web Developer (Computer Programming)*

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*The Web Developer Associate degree options is not currently listed among our Career Expressway tech careers but we are accepting applicants and are considering adding it permanently to the list.


Our most frequently asked question: Why is this program free?

As a nonprofit with a mission to get our Central Texas neighbors into great careers, we raise money for your education. Each year we raise nearly $5 million, enough to fund our program and cover the tuition and textbooks for over 800 adults, like you. And 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, including our three largest investors: the City of Austin, Travis County, and St. David’s Foundation. If you could make good use of a free college education Sign Up.