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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 $2,070 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


Note: The minimum GPA requirement to be eligible for the award is a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students whose GPA falls below a 2.0 are encouraged to contact the Retention Office for academic counseling. Last Dollar Award Priority Deadlines are May 31 for entering freshmen and upperclassmen renewals for the Fall. 

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