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DC Futures Program

The DC Futures application requires information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine student eligibility for most applicants. The US Department of Education has announced that FASFA information, which has historically been made available in January, will not be available until mid-March. To accommodate this shift and ensure a smooth application process for students and families, the DC Futures application will now open on March 11, 2024, not Feb. 1, 2024. The application period will remain open until Sept. 6, 2024.

The DC Futures Program (DC Futures) aims to help DC college students complete their first associate or bachelor’s degree by providing a last-dollar scholarship (tuition, fees, and cost of attendance) at three local universities in addition to college coaching and support services that will address personal and financial barriers to completion for all participants. This may completely cover the financial need for some participants making the cost of college “free.”

The 2023-24 academic year application closed Friday, Aug. 18, 2023 at 3 p.m. EDT. To learn more about DC Futures, view the one pager.


These buttons link to additional information for each audience. If you are interested in learning more about DC Futures, applying for the scholarship, receiving your scholarship, connecting with your coach, or applying for emergency funds please visit the Students page.

Representatives from the three eligible universities should visit the Institutions page for information about payments, reporting requirements, and program points of contact. Community-based organizations and institutions that are partnering with OSSE to provide grant-funded coaching and student support services will find relevant information on Coaching Grant page.

For more information or questions, please contact the DC Futures team at [email protected] or (202) 727-2824.


If you are interested in other scholarships that OSSE offers, please visit: Scholarships and Grants for Students