The DCTAG team is here to help you through the DCTAG application process. We believe a few keys to success with DCTAG and going to college in general are to: start early, be persistent, and ask for help.
The table below lists the big items to check off as you Prepare, Apply and Submit, and Receive DCTAG Awards. Click the links for more information on each step.
A note about timing: Begin planning your college-going application process in September (every year). The DCTAG process starts in the October BEFORE you plan to enroll in college. These are some of the major steps in that process:
Apply and Submit
If you are in high school, continue attending regularly and work on completing your graduation requirements.
If you are in college, maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward your degree.
Work with your family and school/university counselors to:
Complete the DC OneApp application yearly.
Work with your family and DCTAG advisor to submit documents for approval at OSSE.
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Complete your federal taxes (this will help you out next year for FAFSA).
If eligible, you should receive a DCTAG award letter by this time.*
Save a copy (as a PDF or on your desktop) of your award letter.
Submit your original DCTAG award letter to the Financial Aid Office at the college or university where you enroll.
DCTAG will send the funds directly to your college/ university each semester.
*Applicants should receive their award letter via email as soon as they are deemed eligible, so that may be earlier than July. The timing depends on when you complete the DCTAG application and have all your documents submitted (and accepted).
Other helpful hints:
- Start a secure binder, folder, or file where you save information about all your college and financial aid applications – don’t forget your passwords and your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, including recording the second location you chose for two-step authentication!
- It is best to consistently use your own personal email address rather than your high school or college-specific email address on applications (college, financial aid, or job) – you won’t be a student forever. It is also important to use a consistent phone number for authentication.
- Make sure your information matches across college applications, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, taxes, and other documents when you fill them out.
- Taking courses not required for your academic major/program of study can have an impact on Title IV (federal student aid) and DCTAG eligibility.
- Explore other scholarships and grants – choose those that are a good fit (for you, your college, or your field of study).
- Get Help: If you need help with your DCTAG application or documents you may contact your assigned DCTAG advisor at (202) 727‐2824 or 1-877‐485‐6751.