What is the Tarrant & To Through Partnership?
The Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership is a new organization that launched in Fall 2020. We are dedicated to improving student outcomes in 3 primary areas: 1) Graduating more students from high school who are College, Career, and Military Ready (CCMR); 2) Helping more students enroll in a postsecondary pathway with confidence; 3) Empowering more students to persist and earn a degree or credential and enter the workforce prepared for a successful career.
What are the key components of the program?
In year one, all 21 Fort Worth ISD high schools are eligible to participate in the T3 Partnership. Some program components have launched at select schools, and all eligible Fort Worth ISD seniors graduating in Spring 2021 will have access to a "last dollar" tuition-free scholarship in partnership with Tarrant County College and UTA. See full list of program components or visit the Select Your High School page for specific information.
What does “postsecondary” mean?
Postsecondary means any education after high school.
How can businesses get involved?
There are a number of ways for businesses to participate including signing the T3 Business Pledge. Learn more on the Become a Partner page.
How will COVID-19 affect community service requirements?
For the 2020-2021 school year, the T3 staff will consistently monitor local conditions regarding the COVID-19 crisis.
1. Community service is an integral part of being a T3 Scholar and becoming a leader in the Tarrant County community. Community service that you have completed for other organizations (i.e., National Honor’s Society, Beta Club, AVID, etc.) can count towards your T3 Community Service hours.
2. This year, we will ask you to submit your 8 hours of community service hours (organization, number of hours and someone to verify your involvement) by July 31, 2021. Your community service must meet requirements outlined in the T3 Scholar Handbook.
3. If the current COVID situation keeps you from completing community service by July 31, 2021 you will remain eligible for T3 supports during the 2021-2022 school year.
4. All T3 Scholars will need to complete 8 hours of community service during the 2021-2022 school year to receive scholarships/supports the 2022-2023 school year.
Who is eligible to participate in the T3 Partnership?
Beginning in Fall 2020, the T3 Partnership will launch in all 21 Fort Worth ISD High Schools with the plan of expanding in the future. All students, freshman through senior, can benefit from the T3 program; however, the T3 Partnership Pledge is only avaliable to juniors and seniors.
My high school is not on the list. Can I participate in the program?
If you are not currently enrolled in a Fort Worth ISD High School, you are not eligible for the T3 Partnership at this time.
Is there a high school GPA requirement for students to participate?
No. There is not a high school GPA requirement to participate in the T3 Partnership. However, in college, you must maintain a certain GPA to remain eligible for T3 associated scholarships. You will learn more from the institution you decide to enroll.
Can I take time off after high school and enroll in a T3 partner college or university later and still be eligible?
To remain eligible for the T3 Partnership (specifically T3 scholarships and program support in college), you must enroll and attend a T3 partner institution the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
I just moved to Tarrant County and am enrolled in a Fort Worth ISD High School. Am I eligible?
Yes. As long as you are currently enrolled in a Fort Worth ISD High School, you are eligible to participate in the T3 Partnership.
I don't live in Tarrant County but I do attend a Fort Worth ISD High School. Am I still eligible?
Yes. If you are currently enrolled in a Fort Worth ISD High School, you are eligible to participate in the T3 Partnership.
What is the T3 Partnership Pledge mean for students?
The T3 Partnership Pledge will open on September 15 and close on February 1. If extended, the latest updates will always be shared on the T3 website homepage. By taking this Pledge as a junior or senior in high school, you are committing to 1) Graduate from high school; 2) Completing your financial aid paperwork (FAFSA or TASFA); and 3) Completing the admissions process to a T3 partner college or university.
What kinds of scholarships would I be eligible for if I took the T3 Partnership Pledge?
T3 last dollar tuition-free scholarship eligibility to Tarrant County College and first dollar scholarships to partner universities is based on your family's household income. Specific scholarships may vary depending on what high school you attend. Visit the Select Your High School page to learn more.
There are specific deadlines and requirements for T3 last dollar tuition-free scholarships to UTA, learn more on the program webpage.
If I sign the Partnership Pledge, am I required to attend TCC or a T3 partner university?
By completing the Partnership Pledge, this does not commit you to attending a T3 partner college or university. We know you have choices. We're here to help you along the way.
Is there a separate application process to receive a T3 scholarship?
Does T3 Partnership scholarships make college completely free?
No. Even with T3 scholarships (last dollar or first dollar), students will incur other expenses such as fees, books, housing, etc.
Is there a limit on the number of students that can receive T3 Partnership scholarships?
No. If the student is enrolled in a Fort Worth ISD High School and is eligible based on their family's income threshold requirements, there is not a cap in the number of T3 Scholars who can receive scholarship benefits. Students do however need to complete the T3 Partnership Pledge their junior or senior year of high school.
There are specific deadlines and income requirements for T3 last dollar tuition-free scholarships to UTA, learn more on the program webpage.
What is a T3 “last dollar” scholarship?
Effective Fall 2021, eligible students will receive a “last dollar” tuition-free scholarship to Tarrant County College or UTA for up to 8 semesters or the completion of a certificate or degree. This scholarship will cover any remaining tuition costs after all Pell grants and/or other federal, state, or institutional aid have been applied. In other words, last dollar scholarships cover the gap -- any last dollars needed to cover the student's tuition.
There are specific deadlines and income requirements for T3 last dollar tuition-free scholarships to UTA, learn more on the program webpage.
What is a T3 “first dollar” scholarship?
If you/your student is enrolled at Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Dunbar, Eastern Hills, O.D. Wyatt, Polytechnic or Western Hills and meets family income requirements, students will receive a $500 or more per year scholarship for up 4 years to a T3 partner university. In other words, first dollar scholarships are applied before any other financial aid is applied and does not change even if the student receives other state, federal, or institutional aid.
If my financial aid (Pell grant, Texas grant, etc.) covers my tuition and I don’t need T3 Partnership scholarship dollars, am I still considered a T3 Scholar?
Yes, absolutely! There are other program benefits you can take advantage of despite whether or not you have other financial aid. Learn more by visiting the Select Your High School page.
Are non-citizen students eligible for T3 scholarships and support?
Both FAFSA and TASFA students who meet income thresholds are eligible for T3 last dollar tuition-free scholarships at TCC. The same is true for UTA; however, the family income threshold is 65,000 and under.
For all students (who complete the FAFSA or TASFA), no matter their family income, they are eligible for other benefits such as bridge programming, persistence coaching, and transfer student support.
For most non-citizens at TCC, these students should complete the TASFA application to be considered for TCC’s State and Institutional Aid Programs. The application cover page has instructions and information about the aid that is available. It also explains that non-citizens cannot qualify for federal aid, but they may qualify for State and TCC aid. Non-citizens can also apply for scholarships that do not have a citizenship requirement.
I want to attend TCC but enroll in a workforce program (i.e., police, fire, construction). If I am eligible, can I still receive a T3 last dollar scholarship?
Yes. T3's last dollar tuition-free scholarships and supports will cover any eligible students pursuing workforce programs (i.e. police, fire, vocational nursing, cyber security, construction). TCC will let T3 know if you are eligible based on your financial aid paperwork and family income thresholds.
What institutions are considered T3 partner colleges and universities?
There are 6 founding partner colleges and universities including Tarrant County College, Tarleton State University, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas at Dallas.
As more institutions are added for year two of the T3 program, check our website to learn more.
What benefits and supports do T3 Scholars receive when attending a partner institution?
All T3 Scholars attending a partner institution beginning in Fall 2021 will receive bridge programming the summer before their first semester, persistence coaching and resources to ensure they stay on track, and transfer student support should they choose to attend Tarrant County College and then transfer to a partner university.
For fast facts and more information about admissions, scholarship opportunities, and eligibility, click the respective school logo on the partner page. Many application fees have been waived or are not required.
I'm attending a T3 partner institution, am I required to attend bridge programming?
Yes! As a T3 Scholar, you are expected to attend bridge programming the summer before your first semester to remain eligible for program supports and scholarships. These opportunities and timing may vary depending on what institution you attend. Information will be shared via the college and university pages on the T3 website as confirmed (click the respective school logo to learn more).
All T3 Scholars, no matter what partner school you are enrolled, will also have access to resources and support via "T3 Connect", a platform you will learn more about when you graduate from high school.
What does "persistence coaching" mean and how will it benefit me?
Throughout your time in college, you will have access to specialized on-campus support and resources to help you persist and complete your credential or degree. As a T3 Scholar, we want to always be sure you have a point-of-contact when you have questions.
Depending on what partner college or university you attend, your persistence coach and/or other points of contact will be shared during bridge programming. All T3 Scholars, no matter what partner school you are enrolled, will also have access to resources and support via "T3 Connect", a platform you will learn more about when you graduate from high school.
Not sure where to go or with whom to connect with? We're always here for you. Simply email support@T3partnership.org and our College & Career Success team will be in touch.
What is the TSIA?
The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) determines a student’s readiness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students must receive passing scores (or be exempt from taking the TSIA) in the general areas before they are able to register for college-level classes.
NOTE: It is very important you complete the necessary TSIA requirements for your college of choice. T3 Scholars attending a partner college or university who do not meet the July 31 TSIA deadline will be asked to submit an Academic Success Plan that outlines your plan to meet such requirements and to remain eligible as a T3 Scholar. See later question in this section of the FAQ to learn more.
How do I meet TSIA requirements?
T3 Scholars can meet TSIA requirements in various ways:
Texas Success Initiative Assessment passing scores as set by the State:
- Mathematics – minimum score of 350
- Reading – minimum score of 351
- Writing Score – a score of 5 on the essay
- A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment.
- A minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.
Composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or a 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.
A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
College Preparatory Courses
Upon successful completion of a College Preparatory course, the student may enter entry-level college credit-bearing courses in the corresponding content at the partnering institution without remediation and without having to satisfy TSI requirements in the content area. This exemption to TSI exists for a period of one year after the student graduates from high school.
Texas College Bridge
Texas College Bridge is a user-friendly platform that provides individualized support to help 11th and 12th grade students strengthen their math and English skills prior to enrolling in college. Students can earn a TSI exemption at participating higher education institutions.
Where do I find my TSIA status?
If you are a high school senior and have questions related to your TSI status, you should connect with your college and career adviser or guidance counselor at your high school.
If you have already graduated from high school and have applied to a college/university, you may view your TSI status by logging into their student accounts at their respective institution.
I've already been admitted to a T3 partner college or university, where do I take the TSIA?
Some T3 partner institutions, as listed below, have their own processes that students must follow once admitted and it is determined that they need to take the TSIA. The links below provide more in-depth information on meeting TSIA requirements, registering for the exam, and more. Students can take the exams in person with the respective institution or register for a virtual option that can be requested directly through the partner institution.
What is a T3 Academic Success Plan?
T3 Scholars who do not meet TSIA requirements on or before July 31 the summer they graduate high school will be asked to complete an Academic Success Plan. Your plan will help you map out your personal plan-of-action for YOU to be a successful college student and will let T3 and your institution know how you plan to meet TSIA requirements.
Submitting an Academic Success Plan does not make you ineligible to receive ongoing T3 scholarships and support should you still meet income requirements and remain in good academic standing. T3 will directly notify you if you need to complete an Academic Success Plan with more specifics and next steps.
What steps do I need to take to support my child in completing the T3 Partnership Pledge?
Check out the full list of dates and deadlines.
I have more than one child graduating this academic year, is there a cap on T3 Partnership scholarships for households?
No. There is no cap to the number of students for the T3 Partnership or program benefits per family. See eligibility requirements in above FAQ section to learn more.
How does T3 protect student data?
The T3 Partnership (T3) has strict guidelines regarding the protection of organizational and student data, which includes the following:
1. Data shall be subject to various safeguards to ensure all data is processed securely. T3 works hard to ensure data is encrypted when in transit and storage, and access to this data is subject to confidentiality commitments.
2. T3 will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that data is treated securely and in accordance with our internal guidelines and industry best practices. T3 has controls and procedures, and security features to prevent unauthorized access and when possible, encryption is used—and access to data within the organization is limited on a need-to-know basis (privileged access).
3. T3 will ensure that personal data is retained only for as long as necessary in accordance with T3’s mission and applicable laws. We may be required to retain certain data to satisfy legal or contractual obligations, or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims. When this data is no longer necessary for these purposes, the data will be securely deleted.
4. T3 supports compliance with industry regulations and best practices, including but not limited to The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
5. T3 has deployed and regularly maintains a data backup process that is comprehensive, efficient, and includes full backups daily of its information systems for ultimately ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of organizational and student data.
How does a student opt out of the T3 data sharing agreement?
If you wish to opt out of data sharing once you have taken the T3 Partnership Pledge, please email support@T3partnership.org with your request.
How do I sign up to become a T3 Mentor?
To apply, please complete an application for a background check through FWISD. Once complete, complete a T3 Connect Application. You can also email email@example.com to request an application link.
How will T3 Mentors and Mentees be matched?
The T3 Partnership team will utilize the application form to facilitate the matching of mentors and mentees. We ask that all participates complete all parts of the application so that we can best match and create lasting mentor and mentee pairs. The more information you provide, the more tailored a match you will receive.
What if T3 Mentors and Mentees sign up after the initial matching period?
For mentors and mentees who sign up for T3 Connect late, the matching process will be based on availability of mentors and mentees.
Are mentors expected to provide academic tutoring and help with course work?
No. However, as a mentor you can help your mentee find academic resources and tutoring services through their postsecondary institution.
What happens if I am paired with someone and I never hear from them?
If you have reached out to your match and have not heard back from them after several attempts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to help you connect.
My mentee is not the right fit, even after talking for several sessions. What are my next steps?
It is important for you as a mentor to try to build a rapport with your match. We understand that not every fit is going to be perfect. Please reach out to a T3 Partnership team member with details on the situation and we would be happy to assist.
I am in a connection, but I am no longer able to commit to the program. Is there something I can do?
Email us to let us know your circumstances and we will consult on best ways to navigate ending your mentoring relationship. After discussing with a T3 representative, we recommend reaching out to your mentee to explain your new situation and let them know you will be stepping away. Do not simply abandon the program.
What about confidentiality?
All conversations between mentors and mentees are confidential. However, as a T3 Mentor, if you are concerned about self-harm or illegal activity, you are required to report it.
If a student signs up as a mentee, can they sign up as a mentor next year?
At this point in time, the expectation is that current mentees will not become mentors. As the program grows, we envision students who have been mentored to provide mentorship to others as they continue along their postsecondary journey.
Can I be a mentor and a mentee?
Currently, though we do believe everyone has the ability to be a mentor, mentors and mentees that participate in T3 Connect will not be able to designate they are a mentor and mentee through our platform. Please understand, that as our network grows, there may be adjustment to support both mentors and mentees that would like to mentor and be a mentee simultaneously.