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To identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education; to encourage them in completing secondary school and in enrolling in programs of postsecondary education; to publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial aid; and to increase
the number of secondary and postsecondary school dropouts who reenter and complete an educational program.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Wichita State University $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
Lone Star College System $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
University Of California Merced $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
Hartnell Community College District $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
The University Of South Dakota $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
College Now Greater Cleveland, Inc. $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
Union Settlement Association, Inc. $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
Texas State University $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
Enterprise State Community College $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30
Washington State University $ 554,750   2021-10-012023-09-30

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

Funds are awarded to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, combinations of such entities, and secondary schools, to identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education, encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary educational training, and publicize existing forms of student aid.

Projects must provide connections to academic tutoring services, advice on and assistance in selecting secondary and college courses, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and in completing college applications, information on student financial aid and assistance in completing financial aid applications, connections to services designed to improve financial and economic literacy, and guidance and assistance in re-entering and completing secondary school.

Projects may also provide academic tutoring personal and career counseling; information on career options, exposure to college campuses, workshops and counseling for families of students served, mentoring programs involving school teachers and counselors; and services specially designed for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless children and youth, and students in foster care.

A grantee may not use the project as a part of its recruitment program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education (IHEs), public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program, secondary schools.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals residing in the target area or attending a target school who have potential for education at the postsecondary level and who can benefit from one or more of the services provided by the project. Two-thirds must be low-income individuals who are also potential first generation college students. Project participants must be between 11 and 27 years old (exceptions allowed). Required low-income criteria for participants are stated in application materials.


2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education; no State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Programs. This program is subject to the provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Award Procedures

Selected nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 643.21 and 34 CFR 643.22. New regulations are being developed. Consult the program office for details. Grantees will be selected on the basis of satisfactory proposals and availability of funds.


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


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402B, 20 U.S.C. 1070a-12., 20 U.S.C 1070a-12.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 90 to 180 days.


The program statute authorizes a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with the process specified in 34 CFR 643.24. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence that the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.


Awards are for five year project periods. Continuation awards are approved on an annual basis, subject to the availability of funds and the grantee meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress toward meeting the project objectives.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. The statute establishes a minimum grant amount. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five year projects, annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must submit an annual performance report.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports (form ED 524B) are required for a project in its first year of funding.

Staff monitor grantees' drawdowns using agency financial reports.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.


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 the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR (74.26, 75.702, 75.910, 74.61.)


In accordance with EDGAR 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $150,354,000; FY 17 est $152,080,000; and FY 18 est $148,594,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition. In FY 16, awards ranged from approximately $23,008 to $891,719; the average award was $308,102. The statutory minimum is $200,000, unless the applicant requests a smaller amount.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 643 Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 85, and 86.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Craig Pooler Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7640

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For new awards, the Department will select applicants under the criteria set forth in 643.21 and 643.22 of the program regulations. Contact the program office for additional information.

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