Journalism & Communications
Live in the heart of where it all happens! An exciting part of your experience in DC will be living in furnished housing, just steps from the White House, Department of State, World Bank, national monuments, as well as a Metro rail stop, shops and restaurants.
Choose between two options within the residence hall District House on the George Washington University campus. Whichever you choose, our staff hand-match you with roommates based on compatibility preferences provided in a housing survey completed at the time of enrollment.
Location & Housing Amenities
District House is located on the campus of George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of DC. Foggy Bottom, given its name due to is location on the foggy banks of the Potomac River, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC. It is home to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Watergate, the State Department, and much more. Foggy Bottom boasts great restaurants, shops, stores, and easy access to the rest of the city with its own Metro rail stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver metro lines as well as metro bus stops. Students will be able to quickly travel to their internships and classes via the metro system.
Conveniently located in the heart of campus next to Gelman Library and Starbucks, District House is only a block away from the Metro station, Whole Foods, and various other off campus conveniences.
The building also includes 40,000 square feet of performing arts space, conference rooms, lounge and study areas in the lower levels of the building. Additionally, the retail and dining venues open to the public include Wiseguy NY Pizza, Beef ’n’ Bread, Chick-fil-A, GRK Fresh Greek, Sol Mexican Grill and Pete's Coffee.
District House, built in 2016 and located at 2121 H St., NW, has the following amenities:
- Wireless internet and cable hook-up
- Coin-operated laundry facilities
- 24/7 campus security
- Nearby convenience stores, restaurants, and shops
- Community mailroom and lounge
Standard Housing Option:
Affinity Unit (16 to 20 residents)
Within the unit residents live in 2-person bedrooms with an adjoined bathroom. Each double room is equipped with two beds, two desks, a mini fridge and microwave. The communal kitchen is equipped with two of each appliance and seating for all of the 16 to 20 residents of the unit. There is an additional shared study/meeting area with seating for each resident and a traditional living room with sofa seating and a cable equipped TV. A washer and 2 dryers are also located directly in the unit to be shared by all residents. Residents only have access keys to their own room in addition to the main unit entrance.
Click here to see a 360 view of the Affinity Unit common space shared between 16 to 20 residents. Click here to view a layout for the 16-person Affinity Units and click here to view a layout for the 20-person Affinity Units.
Standard Housing Overview
Style: Communal (16 or 20 residents total)
Living Room: Large sofas and TV, with additional study room with tables/chairs (shared with 16 to 20 residents)
Dining Room: Large tables and chairs (enough for all 16 to 20 residents)
Bedroom: 8 or 10 double rooms (share your bedroom with a roommate); mini-fridge and microwave included
Bathroom: Shared bathroom between two rooms (share your bathroom with three people); two sinks included; toilet and shower separated by door
Kitchen: Community kitchen for 16 to 20 with two of each appliance (fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave), pantry and enough cupboards for each room to have their own
Laundry: 1 washer and 2 dryers (coin-operated); additional laundry facilities located in the lower level of District House
Distance from Metrorail Station: 1 block
Cost: Included in base tuition price
Premium Housing Option: Studio Double
Residents share a spacious studio unit with one roommate. Each studio style apartment is comprised of a double bedroom with an adjoining kitchen and bathroom. Each room comes equipped with 2 beds, 2 desks, and 2 desk chairs. The kitchen includes a refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave.
Premium Housing Overview
Style: Studio apartment style
Year Built: 2016
Living/Dining Room: Two small pull-down dining tables attached to the beds and 2 desk chairs are provided
Cable Hook-up: Available, residents to provide their own TVs
Bedroom: 1 double room (share your bedroom with a roommate)
Bathroom: Private bathroom for each apartment (share your bathroom with your roommate)
Kitchen: Private kitchen in each apartment; includes full size fridge, oven and microwave (share your kitchen with your roommate)
Distance from Metrorail Station: 1 block
Cost: Upgrade for an additional $440
Fitness Center Options
The Learner Health and Wellness Center is available to students during the summer. Membership rates are $175 for a 7-week pass and weekly memberships can be purchased for $30. Memberships include unlimited access to all summer group fitness classes and towel service. The Center is conveniently located about two blocks from District House and four blocks from Potomac House. For more information about the Center, please visit the website here.
Students will also be provided with a list of local gyms and rates in the weeks leading up to the start of the program.
Application Procedure & Deadlines
Because applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions as well as internship placement. Many internship placements are very competitive, so the earlier you are admitted, the greater your chance of receiving a top internship placement.
December 5, 2017: Early Application Deadline (Apply by this date to receive a 5% discount on your tuition balance)
January 22, 2018: International Student Application Deadline (please click here for special application instructions)
February 7, 2018: Priority Application Deadline for Scholarships
March 13, 2018: Final Application Deadline
April 4, 2018: Special Extended Deadline
To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.
All applicants are required to complete the online application available by clicking here. In addition to the online application, there are supplemental materials that must be sent via mail, email or fax using the contact information below. Please keep in mind that your application will not be passed on to the Admissions Committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.
Applicants to the Institute on Political Journalism are required to submit an official transcript, letter of recommendation and a $25 application fee. Please click here to access the IPJ application checklist.
U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
All participants must view and sign The Fund for American Studies program policies upon enrollment. This includes the Attendance Agreement that is included in the online enrollment form as well as a code of conduct agreement upon their arrival. Please click on the link below to view the policies for the summer undergraduate institutes, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.
Costs & Scholarships
Students enrolled in a summer undergraduate program are required to take the three-credit core class associated with their institute. They may opt to enroll in one or two elective courses, earning either six or nine credits in total. Course descriptions may be found in the Academics section of each program page.
Participants may also choose between two housing options. Please view the housing section of the program pages for descriptions of the accommodations.
3-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in District House - Affinity Units (8 weeks): $7,495
6-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in District House - Affinity Units (8 weeks): $8,695
9-Credit Option: Includes tuition and housing in District House - Affinity Units (8 weeks): $9,895
**A deposit of $750 is due three weeks after acceptance. The remainder of the tuition balance is due April 1.
Optional Premium housing in District House - Studio Double: $540
Estimate of living costs (actual costs will vary and are not included in the program costs):
Books and supplies: $200
Food: $1,000 (depending on personal preferences)
Transportation around Washington: $350 (Metro train and bus fare)
Personal expenses: $250 (Entertainment, etc.)
Transportation to Washington: Based on distance from Washington and type of travel
The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship funding is awarded based on a combination of factors including:
- Financial Need
- Academic Excellence
- Extracurricular Achievement
- Leadership Activities
Approximately 70% of students receive scholarship funding through TFAS. Our scholarships for the summer undergraduate programs typically range from $500 to $4,500. There are full scholarships available through our Leadership Scholars Program. Please click here for more information.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please plan to submit your scholarship materials at the time of application submission. The following materials must be submitted through your online application, mail, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (202.318.0441):
- A 250-word statement explaining your need for a scholarship. (Must be uploaded into your online application through the Apply Yourself system)
- Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) or Tax Return
- Financial Aid Award Summary & Grant/Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)
For a detailed explanation of these required personal financial materials click here.