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District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)

If eligible and awarded, DCTAG can pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, up to $5000 per semester, not to exceed $10,000 annually. Eligible students have up to 6 years or $50,000 (whichever comes first) before the DCTAG funds expire. DCTAG expires after age 26. DCTAG does not cover room and board, books nor other college costs beyond tuition. DCTAG does not pay for mini-terms.

To be eligible for DCTAG, a student should be:

  • US Citizen or eligible non-citizenship status
  • Attending an eligible institution
  • District of Columbia resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the applicants first time in college and maintain continued domicile throughout the applicant’s college matriculation (under age 24)
  • Not in defaulted status with federal student loans
  • High school graduate/GED
  • Accepted for enrollment in, working towards, a first undergraduate degree; at least half-time registered; regular degree seeking student
  • Hasn’t earned or received a bachelor’s degree; not a professional or graduate-level degree candidate
  • Meets Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • 26 years of age or younger
  • In compliance with DCTAG maximum income thresholds.

Process for Students