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Who is DC-CAP?

DC-CAP has worked with students, parents and educational partners for over 20 years to inspire, counsel and provide fundamental support to DC students, the majority of which come from low-income families. DC-CAP continues to achieve its goals of creating an enduring and measurable college-going culture within Washington, DC, assisting in disrupting the cycle of poverty by empowering students and their families to pursue their college education.

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Our Mission, Our Vision, and Our Impact

Our Why

DC residents have not benefited equitably from the growth and largess in DC’s economy. Inequities persist, and DC’s black, brown, and low-income residents need the education and skills to compete.

Our Vision

DC-CAP accelerates college aspirations, connect students to better match universities, and leverage dollars to ensure students graduate ready to compete.

Our Mission

DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip DC students for college and career success by helping them access and attain meaningful college education credentials with little to no debt.

DC-CAP’s Theory of Change

DC-CAP’s high school and college retention advisors help students unlock three sources of funding (DC-CAP, DCTAG, and Pell) and pair that with better college matches that can reduce or eliminate debt while dramatically increasing completion.

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