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The Herb Block Scholarship

Established in 2005, The Herb Block Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school graduates, community college students, and adult learners who wish to continue their studies at Washington, D.C. area community colleges.

The actual award amount for each recipient is determined in conjunction with the school’s financial aid office and is based on a student’s financial need after all other resources are considered. The award covers tuition, mandatory fees, books, and supplies, as well as limited transportation and on–campus childcare expenses. Scholarship recipients can renew their scholarships for up to five years. Please click here for application details.

American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington , DC 20006
202-457-0046 (voice) | 866-536-4461(fax)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

Correctional Education Guidance Package

Developed through a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, this guidance package is designed to inform the efforts of states, school districts, and juvenile justice facilities that serve system-involved youth. The package includes recommendations and federal requirements for ensuring that youth in confinement receive an education comparable to those provided in traditional public school settings.

The package includes the following components:

  • Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings, jointly issued by DOJ and ED.
  • Dear Colleague Letter on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities, issued by ED's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, clarifies state and public agency obligations to provide a free, appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities who reside in correctional facilities.
  • Dear Colleague Letter on Civil Rights of Students in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities, issued by DOJ's Civil Rights Division and ED's Office for Civil Rights, stipulates that juvenile justice residential facilities receiving DOJ or ED funding must comply with the federal civil rights laws that these agencies enforce.
  • Dear Colleague Letter on Access to Federal Pell Grants for Students in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities, issued by ED's Office of Postsecondary Education, provides campus financial aid professionals the eligibility requirements for youth residing in juvenile justice facilities to apply for Pell Grant.

DC College Savings Plan
PO Box 11466, Washington, DC 20008
1-800-987-4859, DC residents (voice) | 800-541-1524 (TTY)

The DC College Savings Plan can help you start saving right now for post-secondary education. The plan allows you to save and invest money that is tax-deferred and federal tax-free (if you use it for qualified post-secondary education expenses only).

DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DC TAG)
810 1st Street NE  3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20002
202-727-2824 (voice) | 1-800-541-1524 (TTY)

The DCTAG Program is available to eligible District of Columbia residents only. For those who qualify or graduated from high school on or after January 1, 1998. This program offers a funding opportunity to attend a public or private college or university throughout the nation or its territories. The grant pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public colleges or universities up to an annual  maximum of $10,000 ($5,000 per semester); at public two year schools up to $2,500 per year ($1,250 per semester); at private HBCUs or DC private 4 year universities, up to $2,500 ($1,250 per semester). The application and other information is available on-line at www.dconeapp.dc.gov     

DCPS Choose Your Future Website

DCPS’ transition planning website to help you find your best path, customized to what you want. Please explore the information on these pages and talk to your Placement Specialist to start making initial plans, or just to sit down and talk. Your Placement Specialist is available to answer questions, provide more information, and help you figure out how you want your future to look.

District of Columbia College Access Program (DC CAP)
1029 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005
202-783-7933 (voice)

DC-CAP can help you see that there is a way for you to get a college education. DC-CAP helps teens and young adults: Find the appropriate college based on their individual needs; Assist with the college application process; Help secure financial aid; and Continue to provide counseling and financial aid assistance to students for up to five years of college.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC), The Council for Exceptional Children
1110 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
1-800-328-0272 (voice)

This site has an information sheet titled, “Selecting A College for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” which is helpful as an overview to transition planning from high school to college.

Federal Student Aid Videos & Infographics

Description from this resource's website: Federal Student Aid has produced a number of videos about financial aid and infographics about financial aid. We are considering topics to add in the future. If you’d like to request one or more topics for videos or infographics, you are welcome to submit them to ask.aidawareness@ed.gov. NOTE: The ask.aidawareness e-mail address is for your feedback on this topic or for your questions about our products and services for you, the counselor or mentor. If you or your students have questions about financial aid, please send them to studentaid@ed.gov. Thank you.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), U.S. Department of Education
1-800-4-FEDAID (voice)

There are a number of federal loan, grant and work-study programs that you may be eligible for. To apply, complete and return a FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education or through your guidance counselor, the Greater Washington College Info Center (see below), or any college financial aid office.

The Greater Washington College Info Center, MLK Jr. Memorial Library, 1st Floor
901 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-393-1100 (voice)

The College Info Center has a number of resources, including computers you can use, college information guides, and a series of education and career workshops, including “Research, Apply, Review: College Admissions 101” and “Finding the Right Resources: The College Search for Students with Learning Disabilities.” All resources and workshops are FREE.

HEATH Resource Center
2134 G Street, N.W., Suite 306 , Washington , DC 20052

The HEATH Resource Center gathers and provides information about national, post-secondary education supports for individuals with disabilities. The Center:

  • Participates in national conferences, trainings, and workshops
  • Develops training modules
  • Publishes resource papers, factsheets, guides, directories, and website information on accessibility, accommodations, financial aid, career development, independent living, and rehabilitation
  • Fosters a network of disability professionals

The HEATH Resource Center is managed by George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development in partnership with the HSC Foundation and the National Youth Transitions Center.

Project ASCEND
ATTN: Ola Ojewumi PO Box 1628, Beltsville , MD 20704

Project ASCEND is a college scholarship program and youth civic engagement nonprofit organization. Project ASCEND was founded in 2011; our mission is to create higher education opportunities for youth living in Washington, D.C.

901 G ST NW Room 313, Washington, DC 20001
202-442-8397 (voice)

REACH4SUCCESS is a multi-dimensional college access program that connects students of all ages with opportunities in higher education. Through information and advising services, postsecondary encouragement programs, and outreach activities, our programs emphasize the critical link between higher education and future success. All of our services are free.

Student Veterans of America
1625 K Street NW, Suite 320 , Washington , DC 20006
(202) 223-4710 (voice)

Student Veterans of America envisions a nation where all student veterans succeed in post-secondary programs and contribute to civilian society in meaningful ways. SVA provides the resources and support to do so through five major initiatives. We maintain a commitment to Support Chapters through leadership training, grants, and networking opportunities that facilitate the development of successful student-run organizations. An essential component of chapter work is advocating for supportive campus services and programs. At the national level, SVA’s Advocacy efforts ensure policies are not only supportive for veterans in their transition to school and employment, but also for the entire military community. To best serve this large community, SVA Develops Partnerships with other organizations to provide scholarships, mentorships, employment, and benefits counseling. Yet, our support doesn’t end at graduation. Student Veterans of America is developing a networking program that will Connect Alumni veterans with even more professional opportunities. These initiatives are designed to bring veterans closer to their degrees, yet little data exists on student veterans' academic performance. By Investing in Research, SVA hopes to fill that void and showcase student veteran success.

Students for Disability Awareness, Western Washington University Washington, DC

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