How to Apply Online

NOTICE: We’re taking steps to practice responsible social distancing which can help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19 ). For the time being, we’ve set up a temporary process for new applicants.

4 Steps To Apply

Thank you for applying to Capital IDEA! Our Temporary Application Process will allow you to complete the application process from your home computer or smartphone. For anyone without a home computer or smartphone, we have paper packets to mail out, and we’re available to walk you through the steps over the phone. Call our helpline to get started.

Helpline: 512-485-9350 or

STEP 1. Get to Know Us

Time needed: 35-45 minutes.
Before you get started with any paperwork, you need to know more about our program, qualifications, and career choices. We present this information in our CareerUp info sessions. You have two options to choose from:
1. LIVE. Sign up to attend a live presentation of our Online CareerUp information session.
CareerUp: Online — Sign Up »
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2. ON DEMAND. Get started by watching a recorded CareerUp info session available right now!
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STEP 2. Fill Out an Application

Time needed: 15 minutes.
Capital IDEA Application »
Note: If you’ve filled out an application with us before, your application will be flagged as a duplicate. Don’t worry, just continue on to the next step. If you need to update your information, call our help line.

STEP 3. Take an Assessment

Time needed: 15 minutes.
We are temporarily accepting an online assessment called the O*net Interest Profiler. Take the assessment and save your results (print to PDF, or copy and paste to a Word document). You’ll upload your results in Step 4.
O*net Interest Profiler »

STEP 4. Upload Documents

Time needed: 1 hour.
This is the final step to complete your application. You will see a list of documents to collect at the bottom of this page. Because this step is the big one, and we know you might have questions, we have staff ready to help! If you haven’t called our helpline yet, now might be the right time to take a breath, and give us a call. We can explain which documents you need and why: call or email.

Time to gather your documents and make digital copies. You can use your phone to either take pictures (make sure the text is clear), or use an app like the Adobe Scan app linked below. Once you have them, you will submit your documents using the secure document upload form. You can submit the form more than once, if you need to, just be sure to keep track of what you’ve sent so that you’ll know when you’re done. Remember, never send personal documents or information through email.
Secure Document Upload »

FAQ: How do I scan documents? If you don’t have a scanner at home, you can use your smart phone and an app called Adobe Scan.
Get the Adobe Scan app »
How to use Adobe Scan tutorial video »

Documents to Collect:

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Required documents:
  1. For yourself, submit three items: 1. your driver’s license (or other state issued ID), 2. social security card, and 3. birth certificate (or permanent residency card).
  2. For your spouse or partner, submit 2 forms of ID. These can be any of the following: birth certificates, social security cards, passports, driver’s licenses, or state identification cards. Documents from foreign countries are acceptable, but if you have U.S. documents, please submit those.
  3. For each additional child or dependent in your household, submit 2 forms of ID: birth certificate, and social security card.
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  • If you’ve attended college, submit your college transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
  • If you have not attended college before, submit your high school diploma or GED.
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  1. Required: Pay stubs for one month of income for yourself and/or your spouse
  2. Required: Your most recent tax return
  3. Required, if applicable: Retirement, SSI, Workman’s Comp, Disability
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Common types of assistance that must be documented, if applicable:
  • Food stamps, AFDC/TANF, Medicaid, Medicare, WIC, unemployment, child support, housing or utility assistance, refugee assistance
  • Letters of support from family or friends who are paying some or all of your expenses or giving you money to help you out. The letter should state whether their support will continue while you’re in school.
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Types of financial aid that must be documented, if applicable:
  • Education loans, grants (PELL Grant, or SEOG, TPEG), scholarships
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Proof of address and residence.
  • Provide a lease, mortgage statement
  • If you do not have a lease or a mortgage, provide these three things: 1. a letter from the individual providing your housing. 2. You will need to provide a utility bill with his or her name on it to show that they are the head of household at that address, and 3. you must provide any piece of mail with your name on it to show you receive mail at that address.
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Types of basic utilities that must be documented:
  • Electricity, gas, phone, and water
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Types of monthly expenses that must be documented if they apply to you:
  • Car payment, car insurance, child care, credit cards, cell phone, cable, internet, monthly rentals of storage, appliances, or furniture, etc.
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  • If you have a criminal record, please submit a copy of your criminal background. You’ll need to get a copy from the DPS.
  • If you do not have a criminal record, skip this item.
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  • If you or your spouse served in the military, please submit a copy of the DD214.
  • If you are a male, U.S. Citizen, who did not serve in the military, please submit proof of selective service registration. You can print that here:
  • If neither applies to you, skip this item.