DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)

DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) is a need-based grant that allows college-bound D.C. residents to attend any public institution in the country as if they are a resident of the school’s state.

DCTAG provides up to $10,000 per academic year (a maximum of $5,000 per semester) toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities anywhere the country. 1

And up to $2,500 per academic year (a maximum of $1,250 per semester) in any private not-for-profit college or university in the DC metro area.

Eligibility Requirements #


  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  2. Must be a resident of District of Columbia at least 12 months prior
  3. Must not be older than 26 years old
  4. Have a high school diploma or GED
  5. Must be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate student
  6. Must meet DCTAG maximum income thresholds 2

How to Apply? #


To be considered for DCTAG, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the DC OneApp Online Application.

The OneApp opens on Feb. 1 each year and all supporting documents must be submitted in person no later than June 30 each year.

NEW! DCTAG applicants can upload PDFs of required documents to the DC OneApp. Once you have completed the DC OneApp online, you can then upload all required documents online.

  1. A list of colleges and universities participating in DCTAG is available here.
  2. Depending on the year in which a student started college, the student’s family taxable annual income must be below the income threshold.