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DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) Eligibility Criteria

DCTAG applicants must be:

  • A US citizen or have an eligible non-citizenship status;
  • One who is attending an eligible public or private college or university;
  • A District of Columbia resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the applicant’s first time in college and maintain continued domicile throughout the applicant’s college matriculation;
  • Dependent students’ (under age 24) domicile is established though the parent;
  • Not in a defaulted status with federal student loans;
  • A high school graduate or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipient;
  • Accepted for enrollment in, or working towards, a first undergraduate degree on, at least, a half-time basis as a regular degree-seeking student;
  • One who has not earned or received a bachelor's degree;
  • One who is not a professional or graduate-level degree candidate;
  • In compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the college/university of enrollment or accepted enrollment; and
  • 26 years of age or younger.

DCTAG is limited to applicants whose District of Columbia Taxable Income does not exceed $1 million annually. For those who applied for DCTAG consideration for the first time in 2016-17, the District of Columbia Taxable Income cannot exceed $762,000. DCTAG Maximum Income [PDF]

DCTAG students are limited to a maximum of six years of receiving awards.


Awards do not cover mini-terms or non-accredited online classes.

DCTAG must be applied for yearly. If there is a gap in DCTAG funding, additionl documentation for prior years will be required.

Successful completion of the DC One-App does not guarantee award funding. Funding is subject to annual appropriation as approved and provided by the District of Columbia and the United States Federal Government.

Funds could be exhausted prior to the June 30 deadline.

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Education, Office of the State Superintendent of

GIS Address: 
810 1st Street NE