Are you a single mom student completing your undergraduate or master's degree in Dallas-Fort Worth?

The Gatehouse Education Track can help you focus full-time on completing your education without the added stress of a full-time job to pay for housing, utilities, and childcare.

In the Education Track, you will:

Excel in School

Go to school full-time (no breaks between semesters) and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Complete Your Degree

Complete all/remaining degree requirements within 24 months.

Achieve Your Goals

Address barriers and set goals through your Personal Empowerment Plan with the support of The Gatehouse Team.

Build Your Skills

Participate in all Gatehouse Program requirements, including weekly coaching sessions, skills classes and groups, and following Community Safety Rules.

Engage Your Kids

Ensure your children are fully engaged in the Student Enrichment Program.

Preschool-aged children attend full-time childcare at our early learning childcare academy and school-age children attend Grapevine ISD schools.

The Gatehouse Program Benefits

  • A fully furnished rent-free residence with ample parking and 24/7 security at our gated community in Grapevine, Texas (living on our campus is required while in our Program)
  • Access to large playground, sport court and stocked fishing pond
  • Resources, such as childcare, legal assistance, basic medical care, basic car repairs, counseling and more
  • A monthly stipend to help offset other expenses you may have
  • Support from a team of experts who strategize with you and encourage you as you work toward your long-term goals and prepare for your career

The Gatehouse Program Benefits

  • A fully furnished, rent-free spacious apartment at our gated campus in Grapevine, Texas with ample parking, 24/7 security (living on our campus is required while in our program)
  • Access to large playground, sport court and stocked fishing pond
  • Resources, such as childcare, legal assistance, basic medical care, basic car repairs, counseling and more
  • A monthly stipend to help offset other expenses you may have
  • Support from a team of experts who strategize with you and encourage you as you work toward your long-term goals and prepare for your career

Please note: You must meet ALL of the minimum eligibility requirements listed in the “How to Qualify” section below for your application to be considered. 

How to Qualify

To be considered for admission, you must meet ALL of the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • You are a single mother 21 years or older with dependent children (at least 1 year old and up to a senior in high school; you must have legal custody of your dependent children who will be residing with you and they must be eligible to live in Tarrant County) 
  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently living in the DFW metroplex (see FAQs for more information about qualifying counties)
  • You are within 2 years of graduation or completing an associates, bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Priority given to healthcare and teaching degrees. (See FAQs for more information about other degree programs that may qualify at our partner schools)
  • You are enrolled in a qualified associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree program at an approved institution with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.50 (see FAQs to see if your program and school qualifies)
  • You have proof of current FAFSA application/approval
  • You are able to provide a career plan that explains how the degree will be instrumental in reaching your career goals
  • You have no active addictions with sustained sobriety for at least the last three years (including no smoking, vaping, or tobacco use)
  • You can provide a valid driver’s license and have a reliable vehicle

Please note: While you must meet ALL Minimum Eligibility Requirements for your Eligibility Form to be considered, meeting these requirements does not guarantee an invitation to apply, an interview or admissions to The Gatehouse.

Education Track FAQ

Have questions about our Education Track? Get answers to some of the questions most frequently asked.

Qualified programs and approved institutions must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are completing a qualified associates, bachelor’s or master’s degree program from a partner school (currently Parker University, Texas Woman’s University and The University of Texas at Arlington – click here to see qualified degrees or contact your school Advisor) OR another qualified university or college with a physical campus located in the DFW Metroplex 
  • The college or university must be regionally accredited (credits and degrees from schools without regional accreditation are not as likely to transfer) 
  • If applicable, the degree program must have programmatic accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Department of Education (diploma programs do not qualify for the Education Track). 

This refers to a student being fully admitted into their degree major (completed applicable admission tests, qualified for core curriculum, etc.). This requirement is specific to certain degrees (such as Nursing) that require separate admission once pre-requisites have been completed.

Yes. Applicants who have been accepted are eligible to apply during the application period immediately preceding their anticipated starting semester. If an application is approved, proof of enrollment and class schedule will be required prior to move-in date.

After you submit the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report that will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the amount of money the government calculates that your family can contribute to college costs. Your EFC determines how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Students do not need to qualify to receive student loans to be eligible for the Gatehouse Education Success Grant. However, Gatehouse does not assist with tuition costs.

Yes, if the classes meet the criteria for this program.

Yes. While there is not a maximum number of children, it is up to the applicant to provide a career plan showing how completion of her degree program will lead to reaching a sustainable wage for her family size. Children must be between the ages of one year old and up to a senior in high school, and you must have legal custody of your children and your children must be eligible to live in Tarrant County. For more information on living wage per family size in Tarrant County, click here.

Yes. It is up to the applicant to provide a career plan showing how completion of her degree program will lead to reaching a sustainable wage for her family size. Children must be between the ages of one year old and up to a senior in high school, and you must have legal custody of your children and your children must be eligible to live in Tarrant County. For more information on living wage per family size in Tarrant County, click here.

If you currently live in one of the following counties, you can be considered for admissions into our Program:

Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant or Wise counties.

Stipend amounts will vary based on family size, semester timeline, and student status. More information will be provided to Education Track Members upon move-in.

No, we do not offer personal tours. However, we will provide a tour for admitted applicants. 

No. Applicants admitted into our Program are provided with a Program timeline upon move-in. As long as a Member is meeting program requirements and following community safety rules, eligibility for our Program is maintained.

No, we do not allow pets, Emotional Support Animals (ESA), or therapy animals. However, service animals as defined by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines are permitted. Under the ADA service animal provisions, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do specific work or perform specific tasks for an individual with a disability. The animal must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability and the task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Animals that provide emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA.

Because Grapevine has limited public transportation options, it is the responsibility of the Member to possess or obtain her own vehicle.

All children are required to attend school and/or full-time daycare outside of the apartment. The Gatehouse is located within the GCISD (Grapevine-Colleyville) school district. For daycare and after-school care, childcare is provided through our early learning academy partner.