Muriel Bowser invites you to apply for college aid in DC


There are thousands of dollars available for students in the District of Columbia (DC) who want to pursue a university career, both in tuition and scholarships, and the deadline to apply is very close, on August 19.

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser invited DC residents to apply for the three big assistance programs that are underway:

  • The DC Tuition Assistance subsidy pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition up to $10,000 a year at public colleges and up to $2,500 at private colleges.
  • The Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program, which provides need-based funding for DC residents earning their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • DC Futures, which launched last fall, provides DC students with up to $8,000 in tuition aid when they earn their first degree in a high-demand career field at select local colleges. This aid comes with a stipend of up to $1,500 per year, in addition to the scholarship. The program was created with a $12 million investment from Mayor Muriel Bowser.

All three programs help thousands of DC residents access a college education each year.

“Through these unique and targeted programs, we are investing millions of dollars in financial assistance each year so that thousands of DC residents, in each of its eight districts, can access a college education and a path to the middle class.” said Mayor Bowser.

At the same time, he urged “all DC students going to college, and those considering higher education, to learn about each opportunity and apply for the one that best fits their college plans.”

The Mayor encouraged DC residents to apply for all three college support options, which offer more than $50 million in financial aid and post-secondary support in the 2022-23 award year.

Awards depend on criteria that vary by program, including the applicant’s high school, age, postsecondary institution, cost of attendance, family income, and college major.

The locally funded Mayor’s Scholars Program provides need-based funding for eligible DC residents earning their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree at selected area colleges and universities.

DC Futures, launched in the fall of 2021 and created through a $12 million investment by Mayor Bowser, provides scholarship and support to DCians seeking their first degree in a high-demand career field in three local universities:

  • The University of the District of Columbia and the University of the District of Columbia Community College,
  • The Catholic University of America, and
  • Trinity Washington University.

In addition to providing residents with up to $8,000 in tuition support, the DC Futures Program also provides comprehensive services and supports, such as college training and access to emergency funds to help cover the cost of additional and unexpected expenses such as food, housing, health insurance and child care.

Those interested must apply for each program annually. All applicants must follow the instructions provided by email to ensure their application is complete, including submitting documents.

“The path to the middle class requires access to higher education,” State Superintendent Dr. Christina Grant said, referring to the programs.

“Together, DCTAG, Mayor’s Scholars and DC Futures are critical financial supports for more than 5,000 DC students, helping them minimize college costs by completing a post-secondary program on time and with less debt.”


  • Visit the OSSE website for information on grants and their application process, as well as other resources for college-bound residents.
  • For more information about DC Futures, DCTAG, or Mayor’s Scholars, visit

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