Before June 30, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) wants qualified DC students to submit the DC OneApp for the opportunity to get up to $10,000 per year to attend eligible universities and colleges. The DC OneApp is offered by the OSSE Higher Education Financial Services (HEFS) Department. The DC OneApp is the only application that a college-bound District resident will need to apply for funding from the District’s four college financial aid grants: DCTAG, DCLEAP, DCAS, and the new DCASP. Eligible schools include historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Washington, DC metro area private institutions, and public universities and colleges nationwide. The deadline to apply for assistance for the 2008-2009 school year is June 30, 2008. The earlier residents apply the faster they are considered for funding.
“The OSSE is committed to providing easier access to college financial aid programs using the DC OneApp process and it is our goal to help our constituents achieve their educational goals,” said Deborah A. Gist, DC State Superintendent of Education. “All DC residents who apply to the DC OneApp as early as possible have a better chance of getting all of the funding they qualify for. With the support of Mayor Adrian Fenty, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, congressional members, college access providers, and community–based organizations, we are working to increase college access and provide opportunities for success to our students in the District of Columbia.”
The DC OneApp will cover the following:
- DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)–DCTAG can open the doors to the public college, university, or HBCU of your choice by providing a grant of up to $10,000 to help cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. If you choose to attend any private HBCU nationwide, a 2-year community college, or an eligible private college or university in the Washington metropolitan area, you can receive up to $2,500 per year.
- DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (DCLEAP)–DCLEAP provides up to $1,500 per year towards college costs for those students who demonstrate financial need. DCLEAP also provides up to $5,000 for those who attend college only in the District.
- DC Adoption Scholarship (DCAS)–DCAS provides a grant of up to $10,000 per year to students who were adopted from the DC Child & Family Services Agency on or after October 1, 2001, or who lost a parent as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
- DC Adult Scholarship Program (DCASP)–DCASP provides up to $5,000 per year to assist eligible students 25 years of age or older who demonstrate a financial need in attending eligible post-secondary educational institutions in the District of Columbia.
To support the completion of the DC OneApp, the OSSE provides students with access to a broad range of services and community outreach activities such as participation in college fairs, and partnerships with local non-profit organizations, high schools and other DC government agencies.
To complete the DC OneApp and to find other programs offered by the OSSE Higher Education Financial Services (HEFS) department, visit osse.dc.gov. All required supporting application materials must be mailed or hand-delivered before June 30 to the new HEFS office located at 51 N Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002. The nearest Metro station is New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet University.
Select the link below to access the DC OneApp Application: