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Parent Checklist

PRE-HIGH SCHOOL

  • Start saving money for your child's college education.
  • Investigate different ways to save money- College Savings Plan, buying U.S. Savings Bonds or opening a savings account in a bank, etc.

HIGH SCHOOL

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

  • Help your child investigate the availability of financial aid from federal, state, local, and private sources. Have your child talk to his or her DC-CAP Advisor or school guidance counselor for more information.
  • Help your child investigate the availability of scholarships provided by organizations such as corporations, labor unions, professional associations, religious organizations, and credit unions.
  • If applicable, go to the library with your son or daughter and look for directories on scholarships for women, minorities, and disabled students.
  • Have your child review and complete the Junior Guide to Successful College Planning

12th Grade

  • Make sure your child completes all necessary financial aid forms, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) at osse.dc.gov
  • Make sure your child completes the paperwork for the DC-CAP Last Dollar Award for up to $2,070 per year for five years of college 
  • Continue to save for college
  • Have your child review and complete the Senior Guide to Successful College Planning

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