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Enrollment and Residency
District of Columbia residents are entitled to a free public education if documentation is provided that verifies their residency status. DC public schools are required to report suspected cases of residency fraud to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) immediately. In some cases, non-residents may attend DC public schools, but they must pay tuition after meeting established criteria. In addition, in order to be accepted/admitted as a non-resident, schools should not have any residents on its waiting list.
- Enrollment Verification
Investigation and Residency Fraud
Call the Student Residency Fraud Prevention Hotline at (202) 719-6500; or
- Residency Investigation Appeals
- Fraud Prevention Materials for LEAs
- Student Enrollment Audit Handbook Guide for LEAs
- 2014 Enrollment Audit Manual Supplement: Child Count Guide
- Data Certification Forms for LEAs and Pre-K Incentive Programs
- Annual Enrollment Audit Appeals Guidance
- Tuition Collection
- SY 2013-2014 General Education Enrollment Audit Data and Overview
- Briefings and Presentations
- SY 2014-2015 Non-Resident Student Review and Findings
Penalty for False Information
Any person, including any District of Columbia public school or public charter school official, who knowingly supplies false information to a public official in connection with student residency verification shall be subject to charges of tuition retroactively, and payment of a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, but not both fine and imprisonment, pursuant to the District of Columbia Nonresident Tuition Act, approved September 8, 1960 and amended by the District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter School Student Residency Fraud Prevention Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Code §38-312). The case of any such person may be referred by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to the Office of the Attorney General.