Finding funding for college readiness & completion programs

As more students from diverse backgrounds enter college, it’s essential to provide them with every opportunity to succeed, complete college, and enter the workforce. Here’s some advice regarding key funding sources for programs that help learners and educators achieve college readiness and long-term student success.

Words to look for

As you search for grants to fund programs focused on preparing students for college and helping them graduate, try the following keywords:

  • Literacy
  • Upward Bound
  • College Readiness
  • Strengthening Institutions Program
  • Predominantly Black Institutions Program
  • Migrant Education for High School and College Levels (especially high school completion)
  • GEAR UP
  • Readiness
  • Student Success
  • Developing Hispanic Institutions
  • Post-Secondary Adult and Vocational Education

Key college readiness and completion grants

Federal TRIO Programs

Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Gear Up, and One Stop Career Center are all Federal TRIO programs. They all fund programs that help prepare underrepresented or low-income students for postsecondary education or the workforce.

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Kresge Foundation Programs

The Kresge Foundation’s Strengthening Pathways To and Through College and the Building the Capacity of Institutions Focused on Low-income and Underrepresented Students grant programs assist institutions whose focus is on educating and supporting low-income and underrepresented students.

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