> D.C. Higher Education Financial Services
The Higher Education Financial Services' programs and services include, but are not limited to:
The D.C. Adoption Scholarship (DCAS)- DCAS offers grant awards up to $10,000 per year for up to six years, with a lifetime maximum of $50,000, to District of Columbia children adopted through D.C. Child and Family Services Agency and/or children who have lost one or both parents in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The D.C. Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (DCLEAP)- DCLEAP offers need-based financial assistance to qualified students attending federal Title IV eligible postsecondary schools. The maximum award is $5,000 for limited number of students attending institutions located within Washington, D.C. The maximum for students attending institutions outside of the District is $1,500 for each academic year.
The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)- DCTAG assists D.C. residents with out-of-state tuition by paying the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition up to $10,000 a year for 6 years, with a lifetime maximum of $50,000. Undergraduate students who choose to attend private colleges and universities in the D.C. metropolitan area, any private HBCUs are eligible to receive a grant for up to $2,500 a year, with a lifetime maximum of $12,500. The maximum annual award for two year community colleges is $2,500, with a lifetime maximum of $10,000.
All awards are processed on a first-come, first served basis and paid directly to the eligible institution.
General Program Requirements:
Eligibility criteria for all programs include:
- Proof of US citizenship or legal U.S. residency.
- A minimum of 12-month D.C. residency prior to the initial application.
- Good academic standing as defined by the postsecondary institution.
- No current default status with any federal student loans.
- Enrollment in an Associate's or Bachelor's degree seeking program.
- No older than 25 years of age at the time of application (first-time applicants, DCTAG only).
You may apply for the DCAS, DCLEAP, or the DCTAG program using the DC OneApp by visiting:
Program Contact Information:
You can find out more information about the Higher Education Financial Services department at the D.C. State Education Office website and clicking on the "Higher Ed Financial Services" link on the left:
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