DC College Access Program
is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the District of Columbia school system that provides counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend or graduate from college. DC-CAP provides individual and group counseling, financial aid assistance, scholarship programs, parent education, college application assistance and college student support. 

Our Unique Approach:

  • DC-CAP is built upon the premise that every student has the right to higher education, regardless of his/her background and economic status.
  • DC-CAP values and encourages parental involvement by providing services, such as financial aid seminars and pre-college workshops.
  • The DC-CAP College Retention Program helps to ensure that all students successfully complete their college education by providing support up to five years after high school.
  • DC-CAP provides direct services to 18,000 students annually. 

DC-CAP Programs:

  • High School Focus: High school students (grades 9-12) receive individual and group counseling college application assistance, and financial aid counseling.
  • College Retention Focus: College students receive individual academic and mentoring services to increase retention and graduation success rates.
  • Parental Support: Parents receive financial planning seminars, special workshops, and counseling.
  • Financial Aid/ Last Dollar Awards: High school graduates, meeting a eligibility criteria and enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational school are eligible for DC-CAP Last Dollar Awards, for up to $2,000 per year for five years. 

Achievements – In the past 16 years:

  •  Helped to double the number of DC students who enroll in college, putting DC on par with the national average.
  • Assisted more than 23,000 students to enroll in college.
  • Celebrated the success of 6,500 college graduates.
  • Awarded $33,000,000 in scholarships.

To learn more details about the services DC-CAP provides High School and College students, visit http://www.dccap.org.