May Community Spotlight

Friday - 4/19/2013, 12:55pm EDT

The Federal News Radio United Way Community Spotlight for May is DC-CAP.

Working in partnership with the District of Columbia Public and Public Charter School Systems, DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a private non-profit organization that provides counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend or graduate from college.

Since DC-CAP was founded in 1999, the number of DC public and public charter school students going to college has more than doubled - now on par with the national average of 62% -- and the number graduating from college has nearly tripled.

Fast Facts about DC-CAP

  • DC-CAP has helped almost 18,000 students enroll in college, awarded $26 million in scholarships to 14,350 students, and celebrated the success of 3,800 college graduates.
  • DC-CAP advisors are housed in College Information Resource Centers in every DC public and public charter high school to provide on-site counseling to students and their families.
  • Most students served by DC-CAP are the first in their families to attend college.
  • DC-CAP provides counseling and financial aid services to college students and their families.

    DC-CAP is unique from other college access programs around the country for two reasons:

    1) Every DC public and public charter high school student is eligible for DC-CAP services regardless of academic history, grade point average, family income, citizenship status, ethnicity, or special education eligibility.

    2) DC-CAP continues to support students for up to five years after high school graduation so that they have the best chance of completing their education.

    Help DC-CAP give every DC public and public charter school student a chance at a college education. Learn more at ,www.dccap.org.

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