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

DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping DC students enroll in and graduate from college. DC-CAP believes DC students should have the chance of a promising future, and lack of financial and other resources should not limit young people from completing their college education.

The organization is focused on increasing college graduation rates for DC students by providing high-value scholarship opportunities, supporting STEM achievement, and creating partnerships with high performing, public four-year institutions that are committed to increasing enrollment and graduation rates for Washington, DC students.

Before DC-CAP, less than 25% of DC students enrolled in college and less than 15% graduated. Today, the enrollment rate has doubled, and DC-CAP students’ college graduation rates exceed the national average for African American students by 10 percent – 50% vs 40%.

Also, DC-CAP established a public-private partnership with Congress for the enactment of the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC-TAG) program, which has resulted in more than $500,000,000 in federal financial aid for DC students.

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How We’ve Helped

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