Migrant Education State Grant Program

To assist States in ensuring that migratory children have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State content and performance standards that all children are expected to meet.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education, Nevada Department Of $ 77,375   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education, Tennessee Department Of $ 1,394,130   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education, Illinois State Board Of $ 1,916,826   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education, Hawaii Department Of $ 3,610,078   2022-07-012023-09-30
Public Instruction, North Carolina Department Of $ 5,500,576   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 9,794,700   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education, Oklahoma Department Of $ 383,817   2022-07-012023-09-30
Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 680,418   2022-07-012023-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Missouri Department Of $ 1,002,751   2022-07-012023-09-30
Education, Nebraska Department Of $ 6,585,355   2022-07-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Program funds are used to support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs that address the needs of migratory children.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced in 34 CFR Sec.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies or consortia of State educational agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children, ages 0 through 21, of migratory agricultural workers or migratory fishers, including children (i.e. persons age 21 or under) who are migratory agricultural workers or migratory fishers or who are the spouses of migratoryagricultural workers or migratory fishers, who have moved across school district lines within the past 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture or fishing work.


States are responsible for ensuring that information documenting a child's eligibility is recorded on a Certificate of Eligibility. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The State educational agency works closely with local educational agencies, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and public and nonprofit private agencies that serve migratory children.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An SEA is eligible for funding if it submits either a consolidated State application that includes information the Department of Education requires, or a program application that contains descriptions of (1) how, in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and projects, the State and its local operating agencies will ensure that the unique educational needs of migratory children, including preschool migratory children and migratory children who have dropped out of school, are identified and addressed through (a) the full range of services that are available for migratory children from appropriate local, State, and Federal educational programs; (b) joint planning among local, State, and Federal educational programs serving migratory children, including language instruction educational programs under part A of title III; (c) the integration of services available under this part with services provided by those other programs; and (d) measurable program objectives and outcomes; (2) a description of how the State will use funds received under this part to promote interstate and intrastate coordination of services for migratory children, including how the State will provide for educational continuity through the timely transfer of pertinent school records, including information on health, when children move from one school to another, whether or not such move occurs during the regular school year, and (3) a description of the State?s priorities for the use of funds received under this part, and how such priorities relate to the State?s assessment of needs for services in the State consistent with the State application requirements in ESEA section 1304(b) and the consolidated State plan application template. The program description also must contain assurances that the MEP program statute requires. Contact the program office for more information.

Award Procedures

The Department awards funds to any SEA whose application the Secretary has approved under Section 1304 of the ESEA (in the MEP program statute) or under section 8302 (consolidated State applications).The Department of Education notifies an approved State educational agency of its award through a Grant Award Notification (GAN).


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title I, Part C, 20 U.S.C 6391.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 90 to 120 days.


SEAs have 45 days to revise and resubmit a disapproved plan and are entitled to a hearing within 30 days of the plan?s re-submission (ESEA Title VI, Part E, Section 845).


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title I, Part C. Sec 1303, ESEA. Starting in fiscal year 2017, funds will be allocated through a statutory formula based on each State?s per-pupil expenditure for education, its average number of eligible migratory children aged 3 through 21 residing within the State in the preceding 3 years, and the number of eligible migrant children aged 3 through 21 who received services in summer or intersession programs provided by the State during the previous year. Under a hold-harmless provision, States are assured at least 90 percent of their previous fiscal year?s allocations for fiscal years 2017 through 2019. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are for a period of twelve months. Unspent funds may be carried over into the next fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic funds transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each SEA receiving funds is required to submit an annual report that provides information on the number of children identified as eligible for the program, characteristics of children served the services provided, staff, and student performance.

These reporting requirements are now contained in the Consolidated State Performance Report required by Title VIII of the ESEA, Section 8303 (b).

Cash reports are not applicable.

Specific progress reports will be included in the grant documents.

Specific expenditure reports will be included in the grant documents.

Specific performance monitoring requirements will be included in the grant documents.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


In accordance with Part 75 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR part 75), and the Uniform Administrative Requirements in 2 CFR 200.333, program records must be maintained for 3 years, or longer depending on whether an exception to this rule applies.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $364,751,000; FY 17 est $364,751,000; and FY 18 est $364,079,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards in FY 2017 was $0 - $114,928,248.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, applies to this program. (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. Contact the program office for additional information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lisa Ramirez Office of Migrant Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202-6135 Email: lisa.ramirez@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-1386

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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