If you qualify, you can apply! If you meet our minimum qualifications you are eligible to apply for our program. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to complete the program, and show willingness to give back to the community. >>

Minimum Qualifications

  • Resident in either the Lone Star College or Houston Community College district
  • 18 years or older (no maximum age restriction)
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have not completed a college degree program (associate’s degree or higher)
  • Minimum requirement of an eighth grade reading and math level – this will be determined by a test administered as part of the application process
  • Committed to completing a degree or certificate in one of Capital IDEA Houston’s Sponsored Career fields
  • At or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see Income Guidelines below)

Additional Criteria

It is important to us that applicants be able to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to finish the entire program and
  • A commitment to give back to the community after graduating

Income Guidelines

Maximum Allowable Income to Qualify
Family Size Monthly Salary Annual Salary
1 $1,962 $23,540
2 $2,655 $31,860
3 $3,348 $40,180
4 $4,042 $48,500
5 $4,735 $56,820
6 $5,428 $65,140
7 $6,122 $73,460
8 $6,815 $81,780

Federal Poverty Guidelines (200%). Updated: 2.26.13. Family units of more than 8 members add $8,040 for each additional person. Family size refers to all adults and children living in the household who are related to the applicant by blood or marriage.