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Becoming a Rising Star

Who Can Apply?

Rising Star is open to every Dallas County public high school senior that graduates with a "B" average (80.00 or better on 100 point scale), graduates in top 40% of your class or pass the required DCCCD assessment test to enter any of the seven colleges and shows an economic need. The economic need is based on the number of family members along with income.

How do I Apply?

Potential Rising Star students may apply online through the eConnect website: after submitting the DCCCD Admissions Application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an official final high school transcript to the Rising Star campus liaisons.

If you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident complete the following forms:

  • DCCCD application for admission–on line at https://www1.dcccd.edu/stuapp/
  • Rising Star Application – available online through eConnect at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/. You will be required to use your college ID number and email address on file with the Admissions Office. A final official transcript will be required upon high school graduation.
  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Eastfield College School Code 008510 – to get help with this process go to the eConnect Room C-127

If you are a Non-Citizen or Non-Resident complete the following forms (DO NOT apply online or mail your FAFSA forms to the government):

  • DCCCD application for admission online at https://www1.dcccd.edu/stuapp/ (you need to provide a transcript & complete an Affidavit with the Admissions Office C-119)
  • Rising Star Application – available online through eConnect at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/. You will be required to use your college ID number and email address to gain access to this screen. . A final official transcript will be required upon high school graduation.
  • Complete a TASFA Application (obtain at the Financial Aid Office C-100) and attach proof of student/parent income (IRS Tax-Transcripts, W-2 forms, , and/or notarized letter stating income if paid in cash from  the parent and/or employer) http://www.dcccd.edu/PC/FA/Apply/Pages/default.aspx
  • (Male students ONLY!) Submit a copy of Selective Service Registration Card - Selective Service application forms are available at local post office. - Processing of this application can take up to 90 days –Please apply early!!!

How long do I have to apply?

Students will have until July 1st after their high school graduation to submit all required documents to be eligible.

What is the scholarship amount?

$4,000 (sufficient to cover costs to obtain an associate's degree or occupational certification at any of the DCCCD campuses.) This amount covers tuition, fees and books up to $700 a semester. Recipients do not receive a cash award. Instead, an account is set up for each student for use only within the DCCCD.

Can Rising Star be used outside of the DCCCD?

No. Rising Star students may use the scholarship only within DCCCD. Recipients may attend any of DCCCD's campuses which includes Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, North Lake College, Richland College and the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development.

Services Rendered

One on one advising, access to student resource center, referrals for testing, career counseling, etc. Transfer/degree planning information. Transfer Scholarship opportunities offered at TWU (complete the dream) UNTD (Dream come true)