College Success Grant

More students are entering college than ever before, but many—particularly students from traditionally underserved backgrounds—face unique obstacles that prevent them from completing their studies. As a result, college completion rates have not increased at the same rate as college enrollment.

College Success grants provide resources to allow institutions to identify at-risk students and connect them with services that will help them complete the credits they attempt, and earn the grades necessary to position themselves for a successful college career.

2014-15 Grants

We know that colleges have successful campus-based programs that help at-risk students succeed at college. However, these programs serve only a small percentage of at-risk students who could use the help. Our 2014-2015 College Success grants provide funding for colleges to identify more students who are struggling academically early in their freshman year, and to connect those students with existing campus-based services that can help them succeed.

Status

We are currently reviewing grant applications received for the 2014-2015 grant opportunity. We will notify applicants selected to proceed to the final review phase by March 17, 2014. Final funding decisions will be announced by June 12, 2014.

Issue

Far too many college students are starting their college career off on the wrong foot. They are earning low grades, dropping classes, or leaving college altogether. This is especially true for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color.

Many institutions have—and our previous College Success grants have funded—a number of student success programs that identify and enroll groups of at-risk students for special tutoring, academic advising and counseling, support services, and emergency financial aid throughout the school year. These high-intensity services are proving to make a real difference keeping participating students on the path toward graduation.

Our 2014-2015 College Success grants are designed to address another, related problem: When formal college success programs like the ones we've funded in the past are able to serve only a fraction of the underrepresented students who struggle during their first year on campus, how can we help colleges address the needs of at-risk students outside of these formal programs?

Solution

We want to increase the number of at-risk college freshmen who complete the credits they attempt during their first year in college, and earn the grades necessary to position themselves for a successful college career.

Colleges have services that have proven effective in helping participating students stay in school, earn the grades they need, and graduate. But these services are helping only a small percentage of all students who need them.

That's where we can help. Unlike previous College Success grants, our 2014-2015 College Success grant is NOT intended to fund existing campus-based programs that serve a set group of underrepresented students. Instead, it is intended to provide resources to allow institutions to identify all at-risk freshmen who exhibit warning signs early in the semester, and connect them with the services that will help them complete the credits they attempt during their first year of college, and earn the grades necessary to position themselves for a successful college career.

For purposes of this grant, success is achieved when: 1) students complete at least 67 percent of their attempted credits and 2) students earn a grade point average of at least 2.0.

Questions

Contact Program Manager Yvonne Campbell at ycampbell@glhec.org or (888) 648-5725.