Financial Aid Resources

To assist with the skyrocketing costs of a college education, a growing number of programs and resources are available to DC public and public charter high school graduates. Federal, city, institutional, and private scholarship sources of financial aid exist, as do specialized savings plans, to help students and their families cover tuition and, in some cases, living costs.

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DC-CAP College Scholarship Guidebook

To further assist students and families in finding as many financial aid opportunities as possible, DC-CAP has compiled a list of college scholarship programs.

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Local Financial Aid Resources

There are financial aid resources local to DC, some include:

  • DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) provided by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. You can locate this office at 1050 First Street, NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002 or by calling (202) 727-2824.
  • Educational Opportunity Center which provides adults living in DC with free information, guidance, and counseling on pursuing educational opportunities. The center is located at 1919 M Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, CD 20036.
    Contact them at (202) 741-4730.
  • DC College Savings Plan gives families a simple way to help save for rising college and vocational school costs. For more information visit

Federal Financial Aid Programs

There are many federal programs that provide financial aid for students, including Pell grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Stafford loans, work study programs, and more.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

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Exceptional need-based grant for undergraduate students. Amounts range from $100 – $4,000 per year, based on need and available funds. SEOG Grants are only awarded to students who are eligible for the Pell Grant.

Work Study

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On-or off-campus jobs for which students earn wages that can be used to pay college costs. Eligibility for jobs is based on financial need.

Stafford Loans

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Subsidized loans can provide up to $3,500 per year for first-year undergraduate students, $4,500 for a second-year undergraduate and $5,500 for third year and beyond undergraduates. Additional funds may be available for dependent and independent undergraduate students. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year.

How to Apply

You can apply for these financial aid opportunities by completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by clicking below or calling the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4FEDAID.

Private Scholarship Opportunities

The District of Columbia public school system continuously collects information about scholarship opportunities available to DC public and public charter school students. These private scholarship awards are available to students in a wide range of interests and disciplines, such as performing arts, sports, academics, and others. Private scholarships can also be needed and merit-based. Contact your DC-CAP advisor or high school scholarship coordinator for more information.

Institutional Financial Aid

Individual colleges and universities may have scholarships and grant opportunities available based on need and merit for students who attend that institution. Other financial aid may be available to students studying a specific major or participating in the school’s athletic program. For more information, contact the institution’s financial aid office.