Department of Education Offering $75M for New Ways to Improve Access

Dept. of Education Offering $75M for New Ways to Improve Access

– Rebecca Prinster

The U.S. Department of Education is offering a $75 million funding opportunity to colleges and universities that can present new and innovative projects to increase access, affordability, and attainment of a college degree.

The First in the World Program will award developmental grants to colleges that propose best practice initiatives for underrepresented, underprepared, or low-income students designed to:

  • increase access and completion of college;
  • increase transfers from community colleges to four-year universities;
  • increase enrollment and completion of degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics programs;
  • reduce time to degree completion; or
  • improve affordability of degree attainment.

The total amount of funding for the FITW competition is $75 million, and $20 million will be allocated to minority-serving institutions. Only one project plan can be proposed per school.

Applications will be available May 16. The deadline to submit a project plan is June 30. In addition to the submitted proposal, applicants must include a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of their project. Grants will be awarded in September.

The FITW project is part of President Obama’s goal of increasing American college degree attainment by 2020.

For more information or to submit an application, visit:

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