Saving and Paying for College
For DC Residents
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.
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. .
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.
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
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.