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Eligible DC Residents May Get Up to $10,000 Annual Tuition Assistance with 2006-2007 DC OneApp

Friday, January 27, 2006
C OneApp allows students to apply for all of the District’s higher education grants

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia State Education Office (SEO) will award up to $10,000 to qualified students to attend eligible public universities and colleges nationwide through the 2006-2007 DC OneApp.  Eligible schools include historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Washington, DC, metro area private institutions. The DC OneApp allows students to apply for all of the District’s higher education grants – DCTAG, DCLEAP, and DCAS – using one application.

The DC Tuition Assistance Grant (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.  The DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (DCLEAP) provides up to $1,500 per year towards college costs for those students who demonstrate financial need.  The DC Adoption Scholarship (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.

The purpose of these programs is to increase the number of DC residents attending college and the range of college choices.  “The SEO is committed to creating a model ‘City of Lifelong Learning’ for our District residents. With the rise in post secondary education costs, the SEO is making a positive difference and relieving financial burdens for DC residents by offering the DC OneApp,” states DC State Education Officer Deborah A. Gist.

To qualify for the grants in the DC OneApp, you must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, be a DC resident, live in DC, and meet other eligibility requirements including: proof of residency for 1 year prior to start of college, register with selective service (males 18 and over), provide proof of US citizenship, not be in default status with federal student loans, and be in good academic standing. The application deadline is June 30, 2006, for the 2006-2007 academic year.
For further information about the DC OneApp and other programs offered by the State Education Office (SEO) visit the website, contact the main office located at (202) 727-2824, or visit the office at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 350N, Washington, DC, 20001.