The following is a letter from DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement…
Dear DCPS Stakeholders,
On February 12, 2018 the Trump Administration eliminated funding for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program in its Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request to Congress. Established nearly two decades ago in 1999, DCTAG was created to expand higher education choices for college-bound residents of the District of Columbia by providing grants of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public colleges throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Currently DCTAG is helping DC students attend over 300 colleges and universities nationwide. Since its inception, the program has served over 26,000 students – many of whom would not have enrolled in college without the program. By terminating funding, the administration would be adding unnecessary roadblocks that may prevent students from achieving their dreams and will limit their ability to pursue diverse career goals .
Our College & Career Coordinators, School Counselors, and DC CAP Advisors are supporting graduating seniors in completing their FAFSAs, DCTAG, and applying for Financial Aid. We encourage all seniors and current college students to show the importance of DCTAG by completing your application for SY18-19. All of the information about submitting their application is available on the OSSE website at https://osse.dc.gov/dctag.
Visit https://dcpsgoestocollege.org/resources-toolkits/ and sign up for the DCPSDollars4College Newsletter for more information on financial aid and scholarships. We will post updates on DCTAG on both the website and the newsletter.
DCTAG is worthy of continued funding as an investment in our future. We call on Congress to approve this investment in higher education for DC students.
Please, sign the petition at this link www.savedctag.dc.gov to urge Congress to fully fund DCTAG in the FY2019 budget.
Office of Family and Public Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First Street, NE (12th floor)
Washington, DC 20002
T: (202) 719 – 6613