Saving and Paying for College

For DC Residents

DC Tuition Assistance Program (DCTAG)

DCTAG provides DC residents with grants of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. DCTAG also provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide, and two-year colleges nationwide.

DC College Access Program Last Dollar Award (DC-CAP)

Students who graduated from a DC public or charter high school in 2001 or later may apply to receive up to $2,070 per year for up to five years to pay for undergraduate tuition and expenses. For current information about the Last Dollar Award, call 202-783-7933.

For Parents, Families, and Students

This extensive site offers explanations of 529 plans, college cost and financial aid calculators, a scholarship search tool, and much more.

Student Aid on the Web

This Federal Student Aid site (from the U.S. Department of Education) explains how to apply for federal grants, work-study programs, scholarships, and student loans. .

College Parents of America

A membership organization comprised of current and future college parents, which is dedicated to helping parents prepare for and put their children through college. The site lists college savings options and financial aid resources.

College Savings Plans Network (CSPN)

CSPN is a clearinghouse for information about state-administered college savings programs. The site offers a college cost calculator. You can compare 529s by feature or compare 529s by state.

Free Publications From the Federal Citizen Information Center

College Savings Foundation (CSF)

CSF is a nonprofit organization that helps American families achieve their education savings goals by working to support education savings programs. This site explains why families should save for college and how to plan and save.


A comprehensive site that offers help for parents and students looking for ways to finance a college education including saving for college, getting loans, and investing in 529 plans.

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For more information on the DC College Savings Plan, please call 800.987.4859 (800.368.2745 for non-District residents) or contact your financial advisor.  An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of an investment carefully before investing.

The District of Columbia College Savings Trust Program Disclosure Booklet contains this and other information. Read it carefully before you invest or send money.

An investor should also consider, before investing, whether the investor's or designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available to residents of that state. An investment in another state’s 529 college savings plan may not offer comparable benefits.

The Government of the District of Columbia does not guarantee investments in the program. Investment involves risk, including possible loss of principal.