What if I started applying but didn’t finish? Do I start over?

If you applied to Capital IDEA more than a year ago, you’ll need to start the process over: Apply » If you applied less than a year ago, email the Outreach Team and let them know you’d like to continue the application process. They will review your application and let you know which documents need […]

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Can I reapply to Capital IDEA? (former student)

If you are a former student of Capital IDEA, and you are ready to return and finish your degree, the answer is ‘YES!’ you can reapply. You will go through the same steps as before, and you must meet the same qualifications. This time, your interview will include questions about your previous attempt at school […]

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How do I show proof of where I live (residency)?

Provide one of the following: lease, mortgage, or utility bill. As long as your (or your spouse’s) name is on the document, any one of these will count as your proof of residency. You will be providing these anyway to document your living expenses. What if my name is not on the lease, mortgage, or […]

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Entry ID – What is it for and how do I get one?

What is the Entry ID? The Entry ID is a tracking number assigned to new applicants when they start the application process online. You’ll use your Entry ID number when you fill out your application. There will be a field that asks for it. That is the only time you’ll need your Entry ID. How […]

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What happens if i miss the apply by deadline?

If you miss the deadline to apply for a specific semester, don’t worry, your application will be considered for the next semester.

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When Should I Apply?

Capital IDEA has three application periods a year. Use the application calendar below to help you plan when to apply. APPLICATION CALENDAR JAN | EARLY apply for summer semester (starts in May). FEB | Apply for summer semester. MAR | Apply for summer semester — recommended apply by date: March 31. APR | LATE apply […]

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Do I have to take the assessment? Even if I'm already in college?

The short answer is: yes. Every applicant has to take an assessment. It counts as part of your application.

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How do I use Adobe Scan? / How do I turn my documents into PDFs?

We recommend Adobe Scan to our students and applicants because it is FREE, and it can turn your paper documents into PDFs using the camera on your phone. Below is a tutorial video to help you get started. Get the Adobe Scan app Note: There are several other apps that can create PDFS, like Dropbox […]

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Why am I being asked for so many documents?

It’s true, we do ask for a LOT of documents. Believe it or not, we try to ask only for documents when absolutely necessary. But here’s why we ask for so much information: We get our funding from government agencies, big foundations, and other private donors. To show that we are using the money responsibly […]

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How do I reschedule my assessment?

If you are trying to reschedule because your paperwork isn’t done yet, don’t reschedule. Come in and take your assessment. We’ll review what you’ve completed so far and let you know what is missing. If you need to reschedule your assessment because you can’t make your appointment, use this link: Make a Change to My […]

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What if I can’t find my taxes? / What if I didn’t file taxes?

If you’ve lost your copy of your taxes, you can get a transcript of your taxes from the IRS by calling (800)–829–1040. Transcripts will be mailed directly to you in 2-3 weeks. If you did not file taxes in the past year, we will have you fill out and sign a Tax Declaration Form (PDF). […]

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Do you look at my parents’ income (for recent high school grads living at home)?

No, you will not need to provide any information on your parent’s income. Instead, ask your parent to fill out a Financial Support Form (PDF) and provide a utility bill with his/her name on it. This will count as documentation for your proof of income and residency. Note: If you don’t have a printer, you […]

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How do I get a new or replacement driver's license?

To get your Texas driver’s license or state ID card visit Texas.gov. You’ll see options to renew, change address, or reinstate a license.

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How do I get a new or replacement social security card?

You may be able to request a replacement of your social security card online — see if you qualify Social Security Administration. If you don’t qualify to use the online service, or you are requesting for a child, visit the same page as above (Social Security Administration), then scroll down to the section ‘How To […]

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Whose income do I count? / What if I don’t have any income?

Most applicants will provide their own income, the income of their spouse or partner, and any income or benefits their children (under 18) receive. This includes income from your job, child support, benefits or assistance programs, etc. Do not count income for roommates or adult children (18 years or older) who live with you. If […]

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How do I get my college transcript?

Transcripts can be requested through the school’s registrar’s office. You can often request your transcript online. Try visiting the college’s website and search for ‘registrar’s office’ or ‘transcript request.’ Some schools require written consent before processing your request and will not offer online services. In that case, try calling or visiting the office in person. […]

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How do I get copies of my high school diploma or GED certificate?

To get a copy of your high school transcript, contact the registrar’s office at the school you graduated from. They should be able to get you a copy of your transcript. If you have difficulty getting your request filled by the school, you can try an on-line service like www.needmytranscriptcom. For GED certificate, visit the […]

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How do I get a new or replacement birth certificate?

If you need to replace a birth certificate for yourself or a family member who was born in Texas, you can order replacement birth certificates through the Texas Vital Records Department. Order online at www.dshs.texas.gov/vs. Order in person at 1100 West 49th Street, Building R, Austin, TX 78756. Order by phone 512-776-7111. For individuals born […]

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