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DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) Eligibility Criteria

DCTAG applicants must be:

  • A US citizen or have eligible non-citizenship status;
  • One who is attending an eligible public or private college or university;
  • ADistrict of Columbia resident at least 12 consecutive months prior to the applicant’s first time in college and continued domicile throughout the applicant’s college matriculation;
  • Dependent students’ (under age 24) domicile is established though the parent.  Parents of dependent students must have a citizenship status that allows them to establish domicile in the District of Columbia.
  • 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 as a regular degree-seeking student;
  • One who has not earned or received a bachelor's degree;
  • One who is not a professional or graduate-level degree candidate;
  • In in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the college/university of enrollment or accepted enrollment; and
  • 26 years of age or younger.

DCTAG is limited to applicants whose District of Columbia Taxable Income does not exceed $1 million annually. For those applying for DCTAG consideration for the first time in 2017-18, the District of Columbia Taxable Income cannot exceed $762,000. DCTAG Maximum Income [PDF]

DCTAG students are limited to a maximum of six years of receiving awards.


Awards do not cover mini-terms or non-accredited online classes.

DCTAG must be applied for yearly.

Successful completion of the DC One-App does not guarantee award funding. Funding is subject to annual appropriation as approved and provided by the District of Columbia and United States Federal Government.

Funds could be exhausted prior to the June 30 deadline.

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Service Location: 

Education, Office of the State Superintendent of

GIS Address: 
810 1st Street NE