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DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program Minimum Requirements

Please read below for the specific eligibility requirements for the Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program. First, determine which application category you belong to:

  1. Returning Applicant (I applied for and was made eligible for Mayor’s Scholars funding during academic year 2016-17).
  • Academic Minimum: Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. This is determined by your university, but usually includes a GPA of 2.0 or higher as well as completion of a certain number of credits.
  • Financial Need: Must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equivalent to Pell Grant threshold (EFC of $5,328 for school year 2017-18) to be financially eligible. Your EFC can be found of your Student Aid Report (SAR) after you complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*.
  • DC Residency/Domicile: Must have proof that your parents/guardians (if you are dependent) or yourself (if you are considered independent) have lived in the District of Columbia for the entire year of 2016. Two documents are required, and the list of options can be found here.
  1. High School Applicant (I am a graduate of a DCPS or public charter high school, and graduated within the years 2008-2017).
  • Academic Minimum: Must have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher. If a current college student, you must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Financial Need: Must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equivalent to Pell Grant threshold (EFC of $5,328 for school year 2017-18) to be financially eligible. Your EFC can be found of your Student Aid Report (SAR) after you complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*.
  • DC Residency/Domicile: Must have proof that your parents/guardians (if you are dependent) or yourself (if you are considered independent) have lived in the District of Columbia for the entire year of 2015. Two documents are required, and the list of options can be found here.
  1. GED/NEDP Applicant (I passed the GED or received a diploma through the NEDP program between the years 2007-2016)
  • Academic Minimums:
    • GED: Must have passing GED scores (145 or higher) plus minimum scores on one of the following assessments (taken within the last 12 months)**:
    • NEDP: Completion of a diploma through the NEDP program, plus minimum scores on one of the above assessments.
Assessment Score threshold
Accuplacer
must meet the score threshold on 1 of 3 subject tests
English: 86
Math: 85
Reading: 78
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)
must meet the score threshold on 1 of 2 subject tests
Reading: 241
Math: 231
Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
must meet the score threshold on 2 of 3 subject tests
Reading: 581
Language: 572
Combined Math: 580
  • Financial Need: Must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equivalent to Pell Grant threshold (EFC of $5,328 for school year 2017-18) to be financially eligible. Your EFC can be found of your Student Aid Report (SAR) after you complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*.
  • DC Residency/Domicile: Must have proof that your parents/guardians (if you are dependent) or yourself (if you are considered independent) have lived in the District of Columbia for the entire year of 2016. Two documents are required, and the list of options can be found here.

*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.

**Unless applicant scored 157 or higher on ALL sections of the GED (2014 edition), in which case assessment scores are not required.