Firebird Retention Grants

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A Strategic Approach

The University of the District of Columbia provides retention grants to students each semester to help cover modest financial shortfalls affecting the students’ ability to pay tuition and fees and prevents them from stopping their studies or dropping out. This means that even after grants, loans, scholarships, family contributions and the income generated from students working 20 hours a week, many students lack sufficient funds to attend college. Each semester, hundreds of students are dropped from their classes for lack of payment. The Firebird Retention Grant offers funding to qualified student who want to get their degrees the opportunity to stay enrolled. The Firebird Retention Grant program is designed to prevented students from dropping of University of the District of Columbia.

UDC undergraduate students who have experienced an unexpected short-term hardship are able to apply for a ONE-TIME FIREBIRD Success grant. This program is being administered by the Divisions of Student Development and Success in accordance with applicable University rules and policies. The fund itself is limited and, therefore, the following criteria have been established.

  1. Applicants must be full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students with 30 hours or more at UDC at the time of request for the hardship.
  2. Applicants must be registered for a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours for the term in which the hardship occurred. The student must also apply for the funds in the term in which the hardship occurred although applicants may submit their application into the next term if the timing of the event that caused the hardship necessitates such action.
  3. Award decisions will be made based on the applicant’s individual situation, but amounts awarded are subject to limitations and the applicant may not receive the total amount requested. Grants will generally be no more than $1,250.00 due to limited funds available; however, when completing the application please indicate the total amount needed even if it exceeds the set amount of $1,250.00. The approved amount will not be greater than the documented expense. It is not within the scope of this grant to fund expected expenses.
  4. International students are ineligible to apply.
  5. The Firebird Success Grant application must be filled out completely before submission to the Division of Student Development and Success and include a signed explanation of the reasons you believe your situation warrants the grant and supporting documentation.
  6. Grants awarded under this program are not subject to repayment and the amount of any awarded grant will be reported to the student’s tax form 1098-T. All funds will be applied directly to the students account after all financial aid options have been exhausted. (No refunds from the grant will be issued).
  7. The grant may be considered taxable income. Individuals should contact their tax professional to make a determination on whether or not this grant is taxable.
  8. Students awarded a ONE-TIME Firebird Success Grant during the course of their degree(s):
  9. Must submit and online an application with supporting documents.
  10. Must submitt a valid and active student ID at the time of request.

All supporting documentation must be submitted to the Division of Student Development and Success, Building 38-A09. Questions related to the Student Success Grant program should be directed to

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