Who is eligible for Mayor's Scholars?
You must be one of the following to apply for Mayor’s Scholars for the 2017-18 school year:
- A returning awardee of the Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program (you were an awardee during school year 2016-17);
- A graduate of a public high school in the District of Columbia (including DCPS and public charters), within the years 2008-2017;
- An older youth or adult learner who passed the General Educational Development (GED) or earned a diploma through the National External Diploma Program (NEDP), within the years 2008-2017.
Additionally, you must meet the following requirements:
You must have lived in the District of Columbia for the past 12 months. If you have already completed your 2017 DCTAG application (including supporting documents), you are not required to submit documents again. If you are not DCTAG eligible, or did not complete your DC TAG application, you must submit (online) two documents from the list of domicile/residency verification documents.
Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need. If eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*, students and families must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $8,999 or lower. Students and families whose EFC meets Pell Grant eligibility (EFC of $5,328 or less for the 2017-18 school year) will be given priority access to the funding. This information can be found on your Student Aid Report (SAR) you receive upon completion of the FAFSA.
In order to qualify for Mayor’s Scholars funds, you must be planning to attend an eligible college or university in the greater Washington area.
*If you are not eligible for federal funding, you have two options for how to verify your family income, 1) submit your 2016 Federal Tax Return, 2) confirm you received SNAP or TANF benefits during the entire year of 2016.