(Washington, DC) June 30, 2006, is the deadline to apply for the District of Columbia’s three college grant programs for the 2006-2007 academic year. The DC OneApp allows students to apply for all of the District’s higher education grants: DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG), DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (DCLEAP), and DC Adoption Scholarship (DCAS) – using one application. Besides the regular Monday through Friday office hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, the State Education Office (SEO) will be open on Saturday, June 24, 2006, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm to accept completed applications.
The DCTAG can open the doors to the public college, university, or HBCU of your choice by providing a grant of up to $10,000 a year to help cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. If you choose to attend any private HBCU nationwide, a two-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 DCLEAP provides up to $1,500 per year towards college costs for those students who demonstrate financial need. The 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 http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, be a DC resident, live in DC, and meet other eligibility requirements including: proof of residency for one 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.
For further information about the DC OneApp and other programs offered by the State Education Office (SEO), visit the Higher Education Financial Services pages of the SEO website noted below, contact the main office at (202) 727-2824, or visit the office at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 350N, Washington, DC, 20001.
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