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College Costs

According to the College Board’s 2012 report on Trends, Tuition and Fees,Enrollment and State Appropriations for Higher Education by State, the cost of schooling at a 4-year college or university in Washington D.C. increased by 118% between 2006 and 2012. These figures were not adjusted for inflation and are likely due to the low level of support by the District of Columbia ― the district allocated just 6% to higher education.

College Enrollment

Enrollment in Washington, D.C.-area public colleges and universities increased by 6.2% from 2000-2010, which is quite low, when compared to other states, but from 2000 to 2001, the increase, 11.2%, was the highest of all states, according to a 2012 College Board report. The decade’s low enrollment increase is likely due to the tuition increases between 2006-2012. To boost enrollment and encourage students to complete college courses while finishing high school.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • DC College Savings: This is Washington D.C.’s 529 college savings plan. It is sponsored by the Government of the District of Columbia and managed by Calvert Investments. There are five categories of investments to choose from.
    • DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program: Washington D.C. students who have lived in the city for at least 12 consecutive months are eligible to apply for this grant for assistance in their first year of college. This grant is good at all public colleges and universities across the country, as well as historically black colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam, and the private colleges and universities in the D.C. area.
    • DC Mayor’s Scholarship Undergraduate Fund: This is a need-based grant for college students from the Washington, D.C. area. Designed for students who want to earn their first bachelor’s degree, awards from this fund are tuition restricted.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • College Summit: College Summit works with high schools to improve their curriculum and help students to explore their options for future education. The organization also acts to spread the word about policies and education activities that are important in the area.
    • Capital Partners for Education: CPFE assists low-income students in Washington, D.C. to finish high school, attend and complete college. The organization offers tuition assistance and skill development opportunities.
  4. Higher Education News

    • The Chronicle of Higher Education: This location-limited search shows Washington, D.C. related higher education news.
    • The Hoya: This is the college newspaper of Georgetown University; this search gives information on tuition-related news at the university.

Higher Education in Washington DC