Durham Tech Promise 

Our Commitment to College Access

smiling student in her graduation regaliaDurham Tech Promise is our commitment to your high school graduate.

College is expensive. We get it. With the Durham Tech Promise, recent high school graduates in Durham and Orange counties can receive up to $1,000 each year for two years. That means less focus on cost – and more on success.

Credit Programs: To be eligible, in-state students must enroll in at least six credit hours within a year after completing a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Due to the higher cost of out-of-state tuition, out-of-state students do not have a credit hour requirement. Disbursements are made in $500 payments per semester. Students do not need to apply. The Durham Tech Financial Aid office will review student records and contact those who qualify.

Non-credit (Continuing Education) Programs: To be eligible, students must enroll in one of the programs listed below within a year after completing a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Disbursement will cover tuition and fees up to $1,000 per year. Students must apply at the time of registration. Learn more about ConnectFunds grants.

BioWork 3.0

Carpentry I-II

Central Sterile Processing



Electrical Line Technician

EKG Technician and Monitoring

Cardiovascular Technology

Emergency Medical Services 

Esthetician Technology



Massage Therapy

Medical Administrative Assistant

Mental Health Technician 

Natural Hair

Nurse Aide I/Nurse Aide II


Peer Support Specialist


Substance Use Treatment I-III



Durham County: Any recent high school graduate or equivalency.

Orange County: Recent graduate of Orange High School, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill High School, Cedar Ridge High School, Carrboro High School, Partnership Academy, Phoenix Academy, or recent Durham Tech high school equivalency graduate.

The Durham Tech Promise gave me the resources to find my career path to Early Childhood Education. The Promise was especially helpful because I come from a low-income family. Being able to receive money for tuition and books through my work-study position really helped me afford my dream."

Jessica Hardnett-Brown
Durham Tech 2019 graduate

Learn more about Durham Tech Promise and the programs we offer.

More Information

Durham County
Véga Swepson

Resource Specialist/ Instructor, HRD 
919-536-7200, ext. 4003

Orange County
Iesha Cleveland

Director, Orange County Student Services
919-536-7200, ext. 4201

Orange County
Eliza Murphy

Academic Advisor/ Instructor, College Success
919-536-7200, ext. 4227