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Washington, D.C. Financial Aid
For information on the programs outlined below and all types of financial aid available to students in the District of Columbia, including scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, loans, and loan forgiveness programs, contact:
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
1050 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
NOTE: Funding for District programs is limited. Students are encouraged to complete and submit the DC OneApp as early as possible.
Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG)
Eligibility – District residents of at least one year who have graduated from high school or received their GED; are 26 years of age or younger; and attend an eligible public or private college or university.
Awards – grants, not to exceed $10,000 per year, for undergraduate District students to attend eligible public universities and colleges nationwide at the in-state tuition rates. Grants of up to $2,500 per year are available for students who wish to attend private institutions in the D.C. metropolitan area, two-year colleges, and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide.
Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Fund
Eligibility – students from the District pursuing and obtaining their first undergraduate degree at a public or private college or university in the District of Columbia. The program is a last-dollar award designed to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid package and the cost of attendance. This program is tuition-restricted and must not supplant institutional aid.
Awards – Typically, recipients can receive up to $4,000 per academic year, for up to four years for an associate’s degree, and up to six years for a bachelor’s degree. Students will register with their college or university, and the school will then verify eligibility and funding availability before granting awards to students.
College Access Program (DC-CAP) Last Dollar Awards
Eligibility – all D.C. public high school students graduates are eligible.
Awards – amount is based on financial need. DC-CAP provides college “last dollar” award scholarships (maximum of $2,000) for up to five years to D.C. public and public charter high school graduates to help make up the difference between a student’s resources, financial aid, and actual college expenses.
For information and application see the DC-CAP advisor in the student’s high school or contact:
DC College Access Program
1425 K Street, NW
Washington DC 20005
Private Scholarships for D.C. Students
A number of private scholarships are available to college-bound high school students in the District. DC-CAP has compiled a list of these scholarships, as well as a number of college readiness programs sponsored by the College Access Program. Visit osse.dc.gov for current scholarships available.
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