The Mayor’s College Fair Provides Tuition Assistance for Washington D.C. Schools

Written by Stacey Andell for Schools K-12

The Mayor’s College Fair

The Mayor’s College Fair brings together a variety of programs available for the Washington D.C. schools and their students preparing for college tuition costs.   This event takes place on September 15, 2006 and provides information about a variety of college tuition assistantship programs.   Students in the Washington D.C. schools are encouraged to attend the Mayor’s College Fair in order to learn more about the special programs open to them as Washington D.C. students.  

The Mayor’s College Fair is being held for the first time this year as part of the Washington D.C. schools’ effort to coordinate the various assistantships available to graduating seniors as well as provide a public forum for discussing and disseminating this information.   Hopefully, this will become an annual event at the beginning of each school year as a new class of seniors looks forward to the joys and burdens of financing a college education.   This meeting will hopefully provide a structure for students in Washington D.C. schools seeking guidance about financial aid programs and packages available for Washington D.C. students.

The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program

One program that has promised great potential in aiding Washington D.C. school graduates pay for college is the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAGP).   This program has been going on since 2000 and provided over $100 million towards the education costs of DC residents attending college.   This program covers the difference between instate and out of state tuition, up to $10,000 per year for qualified applicants.   The grant can be extended over six years at any public college or university nationwide.   In addition, there are limited funds available for students attending private colleges in the Washington D.C. area as well as two year community colleges nationwide.

The D.C. Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program

The D.C. Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (DCLEAP) provides $1500 annually to those Washington D.C. school residents who show financial need.   This award can be used at any accredited university nationwide.   These funds are intended to be used to fill the gaps in a student’s financial aid package and cover many of the costs other than tuition that many students face when paying for books, housing, etc. This program is designed to help Washington D.C. school residents to find the extra help that they need to make ends meet while in college.

The D.C. Adoption Scholarship Program

The DC Adoption Scholarship (DCAS) provides up to $10,000 a year for post-high school education and training of District of Columbia children who were adopted through DC’s Child and Family Services Agency, and/or children who lost one or both parents in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.   These funds are meant to help lower the financial burden to those who lost their parents due to the terrorist attacks and now must take the burden of paying for college on themselves.   The grants are targeted toward those members of the community most affected by the attacks as well as keeping community awareness high about the continued impact that the attacks have had on the United States.