Page Program FAQ
- What do I need to apply?
- What happens next?
- Who is eligible for the Page Program?
- What is a typical day like?
- What is the cost of the Page Program? Is it a paid position?
- Where will I be located?
- What will my room be like?
- How safe is it?
- What is the dress code?
- Is there anything else I should know?
If you are interested in applying for the United States Senate Page Program you will need to submit:
- A cover letter
- A listing of extracurricular activities
- A recent high school transcript
- Three letters of recommendation
If and when you are notified of your selection to serve as a United States Senate Page, you will be furnished with further information and requirements of the program.
Eligibility is limited to New York State Residents
- Pages must be citizens of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State, and must have a social security number.
- Eligibility is limited to high school students who are 16 or 17 years of age (on or before the date of appointment) and entering their junior year.
- A general health assessment completed by a licensed physician is required, in addition to a certification of immunization.
- Pages are required to be covered by health insurance; if they do not have coverage, they must enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
- Pages must verify a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a home school transcript and a certification of immunization to qualify for attendance at the school.
- Pages attend classes each morning at the United States Senate Page School.
- Following classes at the Senate Page School, which extend until 9:45 a.m. or one hour prior to the commencement of the Senate, Pages report for duty to their respective cloakrooms and work until 4:00 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day, whichever is later.
- Page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex. Other duties include taking messages for Members, calling them to the phone, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.
- This program is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
During the fall and spring sessions, it is required that pages live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence.
- Cost of living at Daniel Webster Hall is $780 per month, plus a refundable $250 deposit. Breakfast and dinner are provided for the Pages.
- The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the Page’s stipend.
- The stipend is paid on the basis of an annual salary of $26,121.
Webster Hall is located at 300 4th Street in Northeast DC, which is two blocks from the Hart Senate Office Building.
- Staff includes four proctors, who reside within the building, and two daytime staff members.
- There are two floors in the building designated for living space.
- One of those floors is for young women, the other for young men.
- Each floor also contains a community day room for social activity.
Pages are required to share rooms with each other. Each room has four to six occupants and is furnished with twin size bunk beds or loft style beds. Additionally the rooms contain desks, chairs, and dressers. Each room has closet space, a bathroom, and a telephone, which is shared by the Pages in that room. Laundry facilities are located within the building.
United States Capitol Police maintain a 24-hour security desk and a requirement that all individuals present identification and all visitors and guests sign in as well. Capitol Police regularly patrol the surrounding area by car and foot throughout the day and night. Webster Hall is monitored by security alarms, fire alarms, and all emergency and safety measures required by the District of Columbia. These systems are monitored by the United States Capitol Police as well.
The dress requirements for the Senate Page program are as follows:
- For men: Navy blue pants, white long-sleeve shirt, dark blue tie, and black shoes and socks.
- For women: Navy blue slacks, white long-sleeve blouses, dark blue tie, black shoes and dark socks or nylons.
- Pages are expected to fulfill their own dress requirements.
There are thirty Page positions in the United States Senate which serve its one hundred Members, therefore not all of the Senators are able to appoint Pages. There are a limited number of positions available and a large applicant pool. As a result, there is a lot of competition to become a Page and, unfortunately, most students who apply for a position cannot be accommodated.