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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;
  • 26 years of age or younger; and
  • In compliance with DCTAG maximum income thresholds. To determine income level by award year and first year of postsecondary education, please review this guidance - DCTAG Maximum Income [PDF]

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


  1. Awards do not cover mini-terms or non-accredited online classes.
  2. DCTAG must be applied for yearly. If there is a gap in DCTAG funding, additional documentation for prior years will be required.
  3. Successful completion of the DC One App does not guarantee award funding. Funding is subject to annual appropriation as approved by the United States Congress and provided to the District of Columbia.
  4. All Study-Abroad Programs must be at the home institution and there must be both an in and out of state tuition charge. Most Study-Abroad Programs are not eligible for DCTAG funding.
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