What if I have a criminal background?

You can apply to Capital IDEA even if you have a criminal record as long as you meet our other qualifications. However, you may be ineligible for certain careers that require licensing. As part of your application paperwork, you will submit a criminal history from DPS. If the career you choose requires licensing (healthcare and […]

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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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Does Capital IDEA help with English/ESOL classes?

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 […]

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What if I am already attending classes at ACC?

Current ACC students are eligible to apply to Capital IDEA. If accepted, we will sponsor the remainder of your education. We do not retroactively pay for classes you’ve already taken. In addition, you must be in good standing at ACC.

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What if I am unsure about my career choice?

We want you to finish your degree and move on to a rewarding career. Part of our application process includes going over your interests with a Career Guidance Specialist. This step may help determine the right career field for you, but ultimately it is up to you to make the best choice for yourself. Take […]

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Can two people from the same family apply?

Our policy is not to sponsor two people at the same time who rely on each other for their income like a spouse or domestic partner. Experience has shown us this does not work because it creates a financial hardship for the household. A good financial plan is critical to your success. If you are […]

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What if I have student loans in default?

To be accepted by Capital IDEA, you must be in good standing with your student loans and in good academic standing with ACC. You will have to establish a payment plan if your loans are in default. Visit MyEDDebt.ed.gov: – Addressing Your Defaulted Student Loans – My Options for Going Back to School

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Can I still apply if I’m a high school senior but not 18?

High school seniors still need to meet our qualifications. However, in their last semester of school, they can start applying and complete all steps of the process before they turn 18 years of age. Capital IDEA will not be able to accept applicants until they turn 18 years old. For more information, visit our high […]

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What if I already have a degree? (USA or other country)

Capital IDEA does not sponsor adults who have already earned a college degree. In the case that you can prove your degree is not valid for employment, Capital IDEA can consider your application and, in some cases, make an exception. Contact us before applying to find out if you might qualify for an exception. If […]

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What if I’m not a Permanent Resident yet?

To qualify for Capital IDEA programs you must be able to prove you have Permanent Resident status. If you are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency, you may begin the Capital IDEA application process but we will not be able to accept you until your Permanent Resident status is confirmed.

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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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