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Last Dollar Award

DC Public and Public Charter School graduates meeting eligibility criteria and enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college, university or vocational school, are eligible to apply for DC-CAP Last Dollar Awards, for up to $2,000 per year for five years.  The awards are based on unmet need and are designed to close the financial need gap between the students' resources, financial aid and the actual college expenses.  Since its inception, DC-CAP has awarded more than 15,660 scholarship awards totaling approximately $28 million dollars.

How do you become eligible?

You must be a graduate of a DC Public High School or public charter high school from 2009 to the present:

  • Anacostia
  • Ballou
  • Ballou STAY
  • Banneker
  • Booker T Washington PCS
  • Capital City PCS
  • Cardozo
  • Cesar Chavez (Capitol Hill)
  • Cesar Chavez (Parkside)
  • Columbia Heights Educational Campus (Formerly Bell)
  • Coolidge
  • Duke Ellington
  • Dunbar
  • Eastern
  • Friendship Collegiate Academy
  • Hospitality PCS
  • I.D.E.A PCS
  • Luke C. Moore
  • Maya Angelou (Evans)
  • Maya Angelou (Shaw)
  • McKinley Technology
  • National Collegiate PCS
  • Options PCS
  • Perry Street Prep PCS (Formerly Hyde PCS)
  • Phelps
  • Roosevelt
  • Roosevelt STAY
  • School Without Walls
  • Spingarn SHS
  • Spingarn STAY
  • Thurgood Marshall PCS
  • Washington Latin PCS
  • Washington Math Science & Technology PCS
  • Washington Metropolitan High School
  • Wilson
  • Woodson

How to Apply for the Last Dollar Award

To Apply for the DC-CAP Last Dollar Award, students must

Graduating high school seniors must also attend the  Pre College Experience, a mandatory program designed for first year college freshmen. Students are required to attend all activities throughout their designated day.   

Note: The cumulative GPA requirement to be eligible for the Last Dollar Award is a 2.0 for freshmen and continuing college students. In addition to satisfying the GPA requirement, continuing college students must meet satisfactory credit completion each year.  Students enrolled at four-year institutions must earn at least 24 credits each year to remain eligible to apply for funding.  Students enrolled at two-year institutions must earn at least 20 credits each year.

Students who do not meet the GPA or credits earned requirement are encouraged to contact the Retention Office  for academic counseling. The Last Dollar Award deadline is May 31 for entering freshmen and continuing college students for the upcoming academic year. Failure to comply with any and all of the requirements for the DC-CAP Last Dollar Award will render students ineligible for funding.

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