Ok, you’ve done your research and gathered all the documents you think you need. What comes next? Check out the information below on the steps to complete an application (Remember: you need to do this before each year you plan to go to college). You can also go back and print a checklist for your visit to the DCTAG Office.
How do I apply?
To apply for DCTAG follow these steps:
- Complete the DC OneApp yearly.
- Complete the FAFSA.
- Provide the DC OneApp Required Supporting Documents.
This looks simple (three basic steps), but it can be a little complicated. For example, sometimes it can take a few tries to provide the right supporting document.
- DCTAG applicants can upload PDFs of required documents to the DC OneApp. Once you have completed the DC OneApp online, you can then upload all required documents online.
If you choose to upload documents, they must be uploaded as PDFs, and should all be uploaded at the same time. This is why preparing all your documents in advance is important.
You can upload documents from Feb. 1, 2020 - June 16, 2020. This means that you cannot upload documents between June 16 and June 30, or during any waitlist time.
- DCTAG applicants can still submit their documents in-person. Once you have completed the DC OneApp online, you can bring the required documents to our office. Below is our contact information.
DCTAG Office | 1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor | Monday - Friday | 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Follow the links above to break it down and don’t forget the three keys to success we shared earlier: start early, be persistent, and ask for help. The DCTAG team and OSSE are here to help you through the DCTAG application process.
In the past we noticed that when we said “submit your documents” it led students and families to believe they could just drop their documents off quickly (like a mail slot). This was not exactly the way it works, so while the process has not changed, we want to clarify what actually happens.
If you choose to submit your documents in-person, this step is really more of meeting to review documents with a DCTAG counselor. Most students (and their families) usually need to visit the DCTAG office, sometimes more than once. This works best if you have completed your OneApp application before you come. We hope the checklist and the example documents will help this process go smoothly for you.
If you tried to submit your documents online, but were not successful, you can bring your documents to our office just like any other applicant. Applicants who need more than three tries to upload the correct documents and applicants who cannot convert their documents to PDF files will need to come to the office to submit their documents in-person.
You can visit our office at 1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20002. We are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.