District of Columbia College Access Program


The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a privately funded nonprofit organization serving the D.C. community by offering financial and educational resources to low-income D.C. high school students to pursue their dreams of completing their higher education. Kent State University has partnered with DC-CAP to offer financial support and academic services to encourage these students to enroll in college and earn their degree. Qualified candidates who meet the eligibility requirements listed below are invited to apply.


  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Graduating seniors of a DC public or public charter high school
  • DCTAG eligible (see here for more information)
  • Submitted a DC-CAP Student Authorization Form
  • Completed a DC-CAP Registration Card
  • Admitted by and attend selected partner institution in the Fall immediately following senior year
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and community service experience


  • Up to a full-tuition scholarship covering direct costs including tuition, fees, and room and board 
  • Renewable scholarship support based on student satisfactory academic progress
  • A campus visit sponsored by DC-CAP during the Spring semester
  • Pre-College programming to prepare the student and family for the high school to college transition
  • Extensive programs and services from DC-CAP and Kent State (CommUNITY Lab) focused on academic, career, financial aid, personal advisement, and counseling
  • Continued support services provided by a dedicated on-campus advisor


Visit the DC-CAP Website

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