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A community program for income-eligible adults

Do You Meet Our Qualifications?

  • 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 County, Williamson County, Hays County, or the cities of Bastrop or Elgin. Note: This list changes periodically 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 qualify as low-income. See chart below.

Calculate Your Monthly Income

Household Size Monthly Household Income*
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 which is 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. *Households with more than 8 people, add $787 per month for each additional person. Federal Poverty Guidelines are updated annually. This list was last updated: 1.19.2022

Have questions?

We have answers to our most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page, like: "What if I have a criminal record?", or "What if I don't have any income?"

Visit our FAQs page to find answers.

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 send your questions to