Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII. Provision of Tuition Grants.


§ 38–1207.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Eligible caretaker relative” means an individual as defined in § 4-205.15(2)(B), who has primary responsibility for the care of a dependent child.

(2) “Eligible legal guardian” means any individual:

(A) Appointed as a testamentary or appointive guardian pursuant to Chapter 1 of Title 21; and

(B) Necessary for the maintenance of a household as provided in § 4-205.15(2)(D).

(3) “Eligible parent” means a child’s natural or adoptive parent in a family eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility pursuant to Chapter 2 of Title 4.

(4) “Tuition grant” means a sum equal to the basic instructional charge for a full- or part-time program at the University and includes all required fees.

(5) “State” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any territory or possession of the United States.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 701; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-241, § 14, 46 DCR 905.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1571.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 14 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-372, June 9, 1998, 45 DCR 4270), § 14 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-425, July 31, 1998, 45 DCR 5682), § 14 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-552, December 24, 1998, 45 DCR 521), and § 15 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. 13-19, February 17, 1999, 46 DCR 4292).

Temporary Legislation

Section 14 of D.C. Law 12-230 substituted “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility pursuant to Chapter 2 of Title 3” [Chapter 2 of Title 4, 2001 Ed.] for “the Aid to Families with Dependent Children category of public assistance as defined in § 3-201.1(1) [§ 4-201.01, 2001 Ed.] ” in (3).

Section 18(b) of D.C. Law 12-230 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Mayor's Orders

Establishment of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program Office and Delegation of Authority under Public Law 106-98, the “District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999”, see Mayor’s Order 2000-138, September 7, 2000 ( 47 DCR 8247).


§ 38–1207.02. Criteria for tuition grant eligibility.

Subject to the limitations provided in §§ 38-1207.03 and 38-1207.05, the University shall admit an eligible parent, a caretaker relative, or a legal guardian, who shall have been certified as eligible by the District of Columbia Department of Human Services, to any scheduled course and shall provide a tuition grant that shall be used exclusively to offset against the charge for tuition and required fees for the eligible student taking 1 or more courses, whether or not taken for credit toward a degree, when the course or courses are being given, when space is available, and when the conditions for enrollment in the course are met.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 702; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1572.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1207.03.


§ 38–1207.03. Conditions of enrollment.

All pertinent University rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, those relating to admission standards, shall apply to applicants for admission and to students already enrolled who are eligible for the tuition grant program outlined in § 38-1207.02.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 703; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1573.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1207.02.


§ 38–1207.04. Report on grant program participation.

At the termination of each semester, the Trustees of the University shall furnish to the Council of the District of Columbia a statement of:

(1) The number of persons who, during that semester, received tuition grants and participated in one or more courses pursuant to the provisions of this subchapter;

(2) The total number of course enrollments attributable to these persons;

(3) The number of individuals included in the response to paragraph (1) of this section who successfully completed each course, who dropped out, or who otherwise did not complete a course in which the individual had enrolled; and

(4) The total amount of funds granted for the semester pursuant to this program to offset charges for tuition and required fees.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 704; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1574.


§ 38–1207.05. Limitation on grants.

No tuition grant pursuant to this subchapter shall be offered or approved for any student who has previously been the recipient of a tuition grant but has failed to remain in good academic standing by reason of neglect of the student’s academic work.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 705; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1575.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1207.02.


§ 38–1207.06. Additional educational opportunities.

This subchapter shall not be construed to prohibit the University from offering eligible parents, caretaker relatives, or legal guardians eligible pursuant to this subchapter additional financial assistance, additional educational opportunities free of charge or at reduced charge, or other assistance supplemental to or in addition to the minimum requirements specified by this subchapter.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 706; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1576.


§ 38–1207.07. Budget account.

The Trustees shall set aside funds in an appropriate budget account or accounts to provide for the grants authorized in this subchapter. In providing funds for a tuition grant pursuant to this subchapter, the Trustees shall first ensure that the University or the student has applied for any federal educational grant funds available to the University or to the student for this purpose, and the Trustees shall use District of Columbia appropriated funds or other University funds only for that part of the tuition grant that exceeds the amount of federal educational grant funds available. In the case of a student who meets all eligibility requirements for direct federal educational grant funds and has made timely application for these grant funds but the funds have not been received by either the University or the student, the University shall credit the student’s account in an amount not less than the federal educational grant funds for which the student is eligible and not more than the student’s tuition and fees. Upon receipt of federal grant funds by the University, the University shall apply the funds received to the student’s account; or, upon receipt of federal grant funds by the student, the student shall immediately repay to the University the amount credited by the University.


(Oct. 26, 1974, Pub. L. 93-471, title VII, § 707; as added Feb. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-74, § 2, 34 DCR 7946.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1577.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of §§ 38-1208.01 to 38-1208.06, see § 2102 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-453, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8026).