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District Scholars Program

As a member of the D.C. community, the George Washington University (GW) is deeply committed to enrolling exceptional students from the District of Columbia.

Our District Scholars program helps to ensure that high school students from D.C. can attend GW regardless of their families’ financial circumstances. The program offers D.C. high school students who meet specific criteria funding equivalent to what they would receive if they were to enroll at a public university outside of the District.

To do this, GW will increase the value of the $2,500 D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (D.C. TAG) by awarding an additional $7,500 in grant funds. The District Scholars program makes it possible for GW to meet full demonstrated need for qualifying students.


To be eligible, students must meet all of the following:

  • Be admitted to and choose to enroll at GW’s main campus as a full-time, first-year undergraduate student.
  • Be a resident of the District and qualify for the D.C. TAG.
  • Have attended for their final two years and graduated from a high school (public, charter, online or private) within the District, or have been home-schooled within the District for at least their final two years of high school.
  • Have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid Profile and all other required financial documentation to GW.
  • Have an annual family income as determined by GW that does not exceed $75,000.

Students who qualify are expected to apply and qualify for D.C. TAG, as well as apply for the D.C. Mayor’s Scholarship, each year they are enrolled at GW. Students who meet the criteria will automatically be awarded the GW District Scholars grant; no separate application is required