About the Scholarship

The DC Tuition Assistance Program (DCTAG) was created by Congress in 1999 by the District of Columbia College Access Act; PL 106-98 and amended by DC College Access Improvement Act 2002 and DC College Access Improvement Act 2007 for the purpose of expanding higher education choices for college-bound residents of the District of Columbia.


How to Apply

Applications are available on the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) website. Students must apply online using the DC OneApp Online Application. Students must also complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, students must also submit the following supporting documents: Domicile verification; a signed 'Affirmation Statement/Legal Disclaimer' (form available online); one current utility bill (less than 45 days old); citizenship documentation; proof of high school graduation (for first-time applicants only); and a copy of his/her SAR (Student Aid Report).


Award Amount

Up to $10,000 per academic year toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the US, Guam and Puerto Rico. Awards are limited to a maximum of six (6) years from the date of the first semester the student is enrolled in college and a lifetime maximum of $50,000.


Deadline Information

The DCTAG application opens on February 1 every year. The DCTAG OneApp closed on Monday, July 1, 2019, at 3 p.m. because the DCTAG deadline (June 30) falls on Sunday this year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be 24 years of age or younger.

  • Must be a high school graduate (or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipient) or older and have not earned or received a bachelor's degree.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Must be domiciled in the District of Columbia for 12 or more months prior to the application date.

  • Must enroll half time or more as (determined by the college or university).

  • Must have a District of Columbia Taxable Income that does not exceed $1 million annually.

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