College Ready Grant

When students from traditionally underserved backgrounds get specialized academic help preparing for college, studies show they are more likely to succeed once they get there.

Our College Ready grants support programs that are actively preparing more students to enroll and succeed in college-level courses. The time, attention, tutoring, and skill-building activities the organizations are providing, through qualified educators and trained tutors, give students expanded options for college and increased opportunities for lifelong success.

2014-15 Grants

The goal of the 2014-2015 College Ready grant is to help more high school juniors and seniors and adult learners avoid the need for developmental education, by supporting the programs that will prepare them to succeed in college-level math and English—courses essential to earning a college degree.


We're currently reviewing grant applications received for the 2014-15 grant opportunity. We'll notify applicants selected to proceed to the final review phase by March 17, 2014. Final funding decisions will be announced by June 12, 2014.


A college degree represents a proven way up for students from low-income backgrounds. But statistics show that many of these students are severely unprepared for college-level math and English. These students can become trapped, spending several semesters in developmental (or remedial) courses, taking high school-level classes at college prices, while depleting their financial aid. More often than not, these students leave college without ever earning the degrees that have the power to transform their lives.


Our 2014-2015 College Ready grants are designed to support programs that provide services such as tutoring, mentoring, and access to skill-building activities to help students meet college readiness benchmarks. Students who reach the following benchmarks tend to be placed in—and be well-positioned to pass—college-level math and English classes:

  • Students earning an ACT score of at least 22 in math or 18 in English
  • Math/English course grade of B- or higher
  • Students meeting the benchmarks defined by college entrance exams such as ACCUPLACER and ACT Compass®

Because many developmental education courses are not covered by financial aid, a student's ability to bypass the need for developmental courses reduces his or her total cost of higher education. Equally important, students who begin their higher education enrolled in classes that count toward their degree or certificate are able to graduate in less time.


Contact Program Manager Nikki Wachter at or (888) 889-3299.