The DC College Access Act of 1999 provides tuition subsidies to Washington, D.C., residents to
attend colleges and universities in Maryland.
What types of tuition subsidies are available for Washington, D.C., residents under
Two types of subsidies are available for students:
For Washington, D.C. residents who attend PUBLIC colleges/universities
in Maryland, the program will pay the difference between
in-state and out-of-state tuition up to $10,000 per year
(with a lifetime cap of $50,000 per student).
For students who attend PRIVATE Historically Black Colleges and
Universities in Maryland, the legislation authorizes grants of up
to $2,500 per year (with a lifetime cap of $12,500 per student).
Who is eligible for these grants?
To be eligible, a student MUST:
Have lived in the District of Columbia for
at least 12 months before beginning freshman year at
a college or university.
Have graduated from high school or received the recognized
equivalent of a secondary school diploma on or after
January 1, 1998.
Have begun an undergraduate course of study within three years
of graduating from high school or obtained the recognized equivalent
of a secondary diploma (not including military, Peace Corps, or
Be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate degree
or certificate program and be making satisfactory academic progress.
Not have completed an undergraduate baccalaureate course of
When will the subsidies be available?
Eligible students may apply for tuition assistance for the upcoming
academic year. Applications and supporting documentation for the enrolled
academic year must be received in the DC Tuition Assistance Program
Office by June 30, to receive priority funding. Applications
received after June 30, shall be processed on a funds available basis.
What other resources are available to DC residents attending college?
DC residents with financial need will remain eligible for federal
student aid and loan programs such as the Pell Grant Program. In
addition, the privately funded DC College Access Program provides
scholarships, advice, and mentoring to DC public high school students.
Who I do contact for further information?
Call the DC Tuition Assistance Program at 202-727-2824 or
contact the Greater Washington College Information hotline at 202-393-1100,
The Bursar's Office
Enrollment Service Center, Room 336 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Customer Service Center)
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Payment Center)