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DCLEAP Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • A US citizen or have eligible non-citizenship status.
  • A District of Columbia resident at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the current academic year and continued residency throughout the applicant's college matriculation.
  • Not in default status with federal student loans.
  • A high school graduate or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipient.
  • Accepted for enrollment in, or working towards, a first undergraduate degree on, at least, a half-time basis.
  • One who has not earned or received a bachelor's degree. 
  • One who is not a professional or graduate-level degree candidate
  • Meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the college/university of enrollment or accepted enrollment.
  • Financially in-need, as determined by the US Department of Education.