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College Affordability and Transparency Center (CATC)
The CATC provides better information to student and parent consumers about college costs. It serves as a central point to several tools that allow users to compare college tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics.

The College and Credential Completion Network (C3N)
The College and Credential Completion Network (C3N) brings together local college access providers, government agencies, philanthropic foundations, community-based organizations, institutions of higher learning, and non-profits that are all committed to the common goal of improving the District’s level of college and credential attainment. For more information, please visit:

DC College Success Foundation
DC College Success provides college scholarships, support, and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students in Washington DC –

FAFSA – Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. To learn more or submit a free application, please visit

College Board
Get connected to your college. Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed.

DC Tuition Assistance Program (DCTAG)
The DCTAG expands higher education choices for District residents by providing grants of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities.

DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (DCLEAP)
The DCLEAP is a grant that assists eligible District residents, who demonstrate financial need. DCLEAP award aounts are per academic year, toward the total cost of attendance at public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Office Of The State Superintendent Of Education (OSSE)
Please visit OSSE’s Higher Education Financial Services Resource Center website for some great information on scholarpships, grants, and free workshops availabe to DC area students and families.

Please also view the 2012 Financial Aid Conference Presentations for students and families at

District Of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

REACH4SUCCESS is a multidimensional college access program that connects students of all ages with opportunities in higher education. Through information and advising services, post-secondary encouragement programs and outreach activities, their programs emphasize the critical link between higher education and future success. Visit for more information. Also, please visit their comprehensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources for the DC/MD/VA area students at

Get Schooled
Get Schooled is focused on engaging and empowering young people to take control of their own education. They do this by using the power of media, technology and popular culture to motivate young people to graduate from high school and go to — and succeed in — college.