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DC Futures Information for Partner Universities

DC Futures is a new program, and as additional information becomes available, this page and related content will be updated.

DC Futures Program (DC Futures) partners with three partner universities. Institutions may not apply to be eligible for their students to participate in DC Futures.

  • Catholic University of America
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of the District of Columbia/University of the District of Columbia – Community College

OSSE requests that each eligible university provide support through its financial aid office in sharing the opportunity with eligible students. Student eligibility requirements can be found here.

If you represent one of these universities and would like to discuss the program or the invoice process, please contact OSSE at [email protected] or (202) 741-6406.

University Payment Processes

OSSE will provide DC Futures funding directly to the partner universities. Universities are required to submit a completed payment request (invoice) for each DC Futures participant each semester, with detailed cost breakdown.

Invoicing and Payments

OSSE will provide DC Futures funding directly to each university. Universities are required to submit a completed payment request (invoice) for each DC Futures recipient each semester, with a detailed cost breakdown.

OSSE provides payment requests (invoices) each semester with a list of awarded students to the universities, OSSE requests those completed payment request be returned by the university as soon as possible to avoid delays in students’ course scheduling timeline. Universities may then follow-up with a request for payment starting the day after the course add/drop deadline for that university each semester. To ensure payment is completed in a timely manner, OSSE will include with the original payment request language indicating that the university must submit final invoices no later than Feb. 1 following the fall semester, and no later than Aug. 1 following the spring/summer semester.

OSSE is not responsible for a university’s failure to timely and/or properly request payment on behalf of a DC Futures recipient. Please note, that it is the student’s responsibility to work with the university to ensure its timely and proper submission of their payment request. Untimely or improperly submitted payment requests may prevent an eligible student from receiving their DC Futures award or from receiving their award in a timely fashion.

Scholarship Repayment

There are two ways that DC Futures may identify the need for a university to reimburse OSSE for a DC Futures award. First, OSSE may calculate lifetime or annual award timelines and amounts and find that a student has received more than the maximum allowed. In this case, OSSE will request repayment from the university that the student most recently attended.

Second, if a student is included on the payment request from the university and is then found not to be enrolled at that university, OSSE will notify the university of the reimbursement amount.

University Responsibilities

Partner universities will be required to complete a program participation agreement with OSSE to outline terms of participation, data and reporting requirements, and other policies related to university participation in DC Futures.

The universities must agree not to request from or charge any student a fee for processing or handling any application, form, or data required to determine a student’s eligibility for, and amount of, financial assistance, including reimbursement to OSSE for amounts over the lifetime and annual award amounts and timelines.

Appeals

Should a university receive a reimbursement request from OSSE, they may appeal within 15 days by writing a letter including the amount, student name(s), and reasons for appeal. OSSE will respond with a determination for each repeal within 15 days of receiving the university’s appeal request.

This funding is a last-dollar award and eligible students, through their financial aid office, must demonstrate they have exhausted all other funding available to them.

Program Point of Contact

For more information or questions, please contact Melanie Fleming at [email protected] or (202) 741-6406.