(Washington, DC) - Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) led schools in the celebration of DC Decision Day – in which students at high schools across DC proudly announced their postsecondary choices for the 2022-23 school year. OSSE is also spotlighting tuition support programs put in place to help students pay for college.
DC Decision Day recognizes the many pathways students pursue after graduation, whether that’s a four- or two-year degree program, a postsecondary credential or the military, and encourages younger students and families to prepare early for that next step. High schools across the city are hosting their own DC Decision Day celebrations throughout the week.
“We are extremely proud of our high school seniors who are taking this next step to advance their education,” said State Superintendent Christina Grant. “But our commitment as a city to them cannot stop at high school graduation I encourage all DC high school students to take advantage of the numerous tuition assistance programs we have in place to help them not only get to college but to finish.”
To support students pursuing degrees in these career pathways, the District launched the DC Futures Program. The new program, created through a $12 million investment by Mayor Bowser and offered through OSSE, provides college tuition and support for DC residents seeking a degree in a high-demand career field at three local universities. OSSE will also continue to administer two historic financial assistance programs offered to DC residents annually:
• The DC Tuition Assistance Grant, or DCTAG, which pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, up to $10,000 annually at public colleges and up to $2,500 at private colleges in DC and private HBCUs, nationwide; and
• The Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program, which provides need-based funding for eligible DC residents earning their first associate or first bachelor’s degree at select area colleges and universities. The program is a last-dollar award meaning it can be used to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid package and the cost of attendance.
For more information on DC Decision Day, the District’s new Advanced Technical Center, DC Futures and financial support programs for students pursuing postsecondary education, visit OSSE’s website.