The DC Tuition Assistance Grant (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. All public institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and private nonprofit colleges and universities within the Washington Metropolitan area are eligible to participate in the DCTAG.
An eligible student must be: enrolled at an eligible institution on at least a half-time basis; in a first bachelor’s degree program; and, in good academic standing as defined by the institution. Institutions participating in DCTAG may verify a student’s DCTAG eligibility by accessing the DC OneApp Financial Management System. Institutions with DCTAG eligible students who are interested in participating in DCTAG may verify a student’s DC TAG eligibility by requesting the student present a copy of their personalized award letter. The institution may invoice DCTAG after the last day to add a class of each term that the student is eligible. The DCTAG is paid directly to the institution, and is paid 30 days from the date of receipt of the invoice.
(DCTAG funds may not be used at “proprietary” for-profit institutions, private institutions outside of the Washington Metropolitan area that are not HBCUs, and the University of the District of Columbia, where District residents pay in-state tuition rates).
District residents may use DCTAG to at attend any one of the more than 2,500 public colleges and universities in the nation. The award is paid directly to the institution and is equal to the difference between the in-state and the out-of-state tuition (up to $10,000 per year). There is a lifetime maximum of $50,000. Students must be enrolled on, at least, a half time basis, and in good academic standing.
District residents may use DCTAG to attend any private Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or private not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Washington metropolitan area: District of Columbia; the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax; and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George's. District residents may not use DCTAG funds to attend any private institution outside the Washington metropolitan area other than HBCUs.
District residents may not use DCTAG to attend proprietary institutions. Proprietary institutions refer to educational institutions operated by private, profit-seeking businesses.