Finding funding for student support services

We have decades of experience working with academic executives in higher education administration to successfully meet the challenges of access, achievement, and affordability. Here’s some advice regarding key funding sources for programs that provide student support services to improve college completion and academic success.

Words to look for

As you search for grants to fund programs focused on institutional improvements and support services, try the following keywords:

  • Strengthening institutional programs
  • Institutional management
  • Institutional improvement
  • Student support services
  • Institutional stability
  • Innovations to improve education outcomes

Key student support services grants

First in the World (FITW) Grant Program

Part of the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the purpose of this program is to stimulate innovative strategies and practices to improve college completion and make college more affordable for students and families.

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Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Another program in the DOE’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, this supports model programs to promote veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

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Title III Part A — Strengthening Institutions Program

The purpose of this federal program is to build institutional capacity to serve minority and low-income students. Funds can be used to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

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Title V — Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program (DHSI)

This federal grant assists Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in developing and enhancing their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability in order to build opportunity and improve attainment for Hispanic students. The program may be used for academic tutoring or counseling programs, administrative management, distance learning, academic instruction, teacher education, and student support services.

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DOE Federal Outreach and Student Services Grants — TRIO Programs

These eight programs are designed to identify and provide services to help individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds — including low-income individuals, first generation college students, and learners with disabilities — progress from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Types of projects under the TRIO programs target tutoring, counseling, mentoring, and other student support services.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation sporadically funds institutional improvement projects to meet the needs of low-income and first generation college students.

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Products & Services

The DOE and numerous foundations offer grant funding programs to promote, strengthen, and transform postsecondary educational programs that support your students from enrollment to completion. These funding programs may help you implement a variety of Pearson products and services to help institutions overcome challenges and realize opportunities for change and growth.

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