Qualify for FREE tuition & books

A community program for income-eligible adults

Do You Qualify?

Check below to see if you are eligible for our program. If so, your tuition and textbooks are already paid for by the generous support of our donors and funders. To get started earning your FREE degree, sign up for our next information session: CareerUp »

Qualification Check List

  • You are 18 years or older. No maximum age limit.
  • You have a GED or High School diploma.

  • You have not completed a college degree, associate degree, or higher.
  • You are a resident of Travis, Williamson, Hays, or Bastrop County. Note: This list can change from semester to semester based on funding.

  • You qualify for in-state tuition because you’ve lived in Texas for 12+ months.
  • You are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • You meet our income-based qualification. See chart below.

Calculate Your Monthly Income

Income Eligibility

Income eligibility is based on your household size. In the chart below, find the number of people in your household, then compare the maximum income to your income. If you fall below the maximum, you meet our income eligibility requirements!

If you have questions, visit our FAQ page to find answers like: ‘Am I considered single or married?‘ or ‘Whose income do I count?

Household Size Monthly Household Income*
Travis, Hays, Bastrop,
and Williamson County
Max Income 200% of
Federal Poverty Guidelines
1 $2,265
2 $3,052
3 $3,838
4 $4,625
5 $5,412
6 $6,198
7 $6,985
8 $7,772

To be income-eligible, your household income must be less than the amount shown in the chart above.

Have questions?

You can search for answers on our FAQs page » or use our contact form to Ask Us »

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Capital IDEA’s Career Expressway program covers tuition for English Level 3 and 4 at Austin Community College. If you're ready for Level 3 or above, you can start now: Apply Now 

If you need Basic English, Level 1, or Level 2 English, complete those classes at Austin Community College and apply to Capital IDEA when you’re ready for Level 3. ESOL Academic Program at ACC 

How do I know what level I'm at?

Take the ESOL assessment and keep your receipt. Capital IDEA will reimburse you for the testing fee at Step 4 of the applicaiton process.
ESOL Assessment Steps at ACC 


Dedication and Commitment

In addition to the qualifications above, applicants should demonstrate a dedication to completing one of our programs and commitment to giving back to the community upon graduating.

If you have any questions on meeting the qualifications: Call 512.457.8610 or fill our our form Ask Us » and we'll get back to you with answers soon.