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.
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.
Organized by GPA
Quick reference to find scholarships by academic achievement level.
Each entry lists the amount, requirements, and instructions on how to apply.
Lists over 100 organizations and requirements.
Local Financial Aid Resources
There are financial aid resources local to DC, some include:
DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)
DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) is 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
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
DC College Savings Plan gives families a simple way to help save for rising college and vocational school costs. For more information visit https://www.dccollegesavings.com/.
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.
How to Apply
You can apply for these financial aid opportunities by completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or by 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.
What Our Students Say About Us
“Being a scholar in the DC-CAP Partnership at George Mason…has connected me to resources I’ve utilized to tackle problems common for first-year students. Success coaching, clubs, tutors, and academic advising have made my college transition a lot smoother. The partnership programs support my academic achievement and my well-being with regular check-ins and scheduled activities.”
— C. Brooks, Class of 2020
“Being a part of the DC-CAP program is more than the chance to alleviate the financial burdens of attending a university. It’s a network of support systems to guide me through my college experience.”
— R. Ngatchou, Class of 2020
“Through the DC-CAP University Partnership program, I have had the chance to build relationships with so many excellent individuals that have influenced me positively and helped me to learn many valuable lessons in my first two years of college. The accomplishments of my cohort peers and advisors are constantly inspiring me to take on new challenges and responsibilities.”