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District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP)


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Last Dollar Award

DC public and public charter high school graduates currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college, university or vocational school, are eligible to apply for the DC-CAP Last Dollar Award (LDA) for up to $2,000 per year for up to five years.  The awards are based on unmet need and are designed to close the financial needs gap between students’ resources, financial aid and the actual college expenses.

Terms of Eligibility:

  • Graduated within five years from a DC public or public charter high school where DC-CAP provides services
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) at their institution of attendance
  • Earn at least 24 credits per year at 4-year institutions or earn at least 20 credits per year at 2-year institutions
  • Each semester, student must submit previous semester grades
  • Each semester, students must also submit proof of enrollment to verify that they are classified as full-time student.  
    • In order to satisfy proof of enrollment requirement, students may submit their unofficial transcript, detailed student schedule, or a verification form from their institutions Registrar’s Office).  
      • Fall Semester Deadline – Oct 1
      • Spring Semester Deadline – March 1


LDA Fact Sheet

DC-CAP Student Authorization Form


How do you become eligible?

You must be a graduate of a DC public high school or public charter high school within the last five years.

  • Anacostia
  • Ballou
  • Ballou STAY
  • Banneker
  • Capital City PCS
  • Cardozo
  • Cesar Chavez (Capitol Hill) PCS
  • Cesar Chavez (Parkside) PCS
  • Columbia Heights Educational Campus (Formerly Bell)
  • Coolidge
  • Duke Ellington
  • Dunbar
  • Eastern
  • E.L. Haynes PCS
  • Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS
  • Friendship Technology Preparatory PCS
  • I.D.E.A. PCS
  • Kingsman Academy PCS
  • Luke C. Moore
  • Maya Angelou PCS
  • McKinley Technology
  • National Collegiate PCS
  • Next-Step Proximo PCS
  • Paul PCS
  • Phelps ACE
  • Richard Wright PCS
  • Roosevelt
  • Roosevelt STAY
  • School Without Walls
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
  • Washington Latin PCS
  • Washington Math Science & Technology PCS
  • Washington Metropolitan High School
  • Wilson
  • Woodson
  • YouthBuild PCS

Renewal Process (US Citizens) 

  • A DC-CAP Student Authorization Form.
  • A copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA application
  • A copy of the unofficial transcript from the institution with both Fall and Spring final semester grades
  • A copy of financial aid award information from their institution for the upcoming school year

Renewal Process (Non US Citizens)

  • A DC-CAP Student Authorization Form
  • A DC-CAP Non-Citizen Financial Aid Form
  • Proof of Income (check stub, bank statement, tax returns, etc.)
  • A copy of the unofficial transcript from the institution with both Fall and Spring final semester grades
  • A copy of the upcoming semester’s bill from the college or university of attendance 



    The LDA deadline is June 30th each year. All documents required to determine eligibility must be submitted to their College Retention Advisor before this deadline. Funds may be exhausted prior to the June 30th deadline, so early submission is strongly encouraged. Any applications received after the deadline or after funds are exhausted may be placed on a waitlist.

    Documents can be submitted via office visit, email, fax, or U.S. Mail to:

    District of Columbia College Access Program
    1425 K Street, NW
    Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20005
    P: 202.347.6546
    F: 202.783.4026

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