These Colleges Were Just Awarded Grants to Boost Student Success Rates

The federal dollars will help students meet basic needs and create more affordable textbook options.
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  • The Department of Education announced $30 million in new awards going to colleges and universities.
  • The list includes a variety of state schools, private institutions, and community colleges.
  • Fifteen institutions will receive funds to create centers for veteran students.

The Department of Education (ED) revealed a list of 38 colleges and universities set to receive funds from grant programs to improve outcomes for underrepresented students.

Approximately $30 million in grants will be distributed to public state schools, private institutions, and community colleges. The grants will go toward programs that aim to increase completion rates, create affordable textbook options, and help students afford basic needs while enrolled in college.

We cannot be complacent with a higher education system that leaves so many college students from diverse and underserved backgrounds without the supports and resources they need to succeed in school and, ultimately, graduate, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement. The $30 million in grants announced today … will help colleges and universities advance innovative and evidence-based strategies to better support their students.

A BestColleges analysis of college completion initiatives found that these programs yield impressive results but have not been widely adopted. Congress' newly established Postsecondary Student Success Program is the most significant federal investment aimed at improving student outcomes.

ED announced five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), and community colleges will be among the first to receive $4.5 million in this batch of Postsecondary Student Success grants.

The department will also award $13 million to 14 MSIs and community colleges for the Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program. Institutions will use these grants to help students meet basic needs like food, housing, transportation, and childcare, according to ED.

Two institutions will receive $2.5 million to help develop the Open Textbooks Pilot Program, which is an initiative to create free, publicly available textbook options for students.

ED made 15 awards worth over $8.5 million for institutions to create Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.

Lastly, the grants include over $1 million to two colleges as part of the Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education Program.

Postsecondary Student Success Program
School Grant Amount Awarded
Florida International University $975,000
Passaic County Community College $999,963
Claflin University $1,000,000
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College $952,262
Austin Community College $770,764
Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program
School Grant Amount Awarded
Northwest-Shoals Community College $950,000
Broward College $949,986
Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences $950,000
University of North Carolina at Pembroke $935,922
New Mexico State University- Dona Ana $950,000
SUNY College at Old Westbury $878,057
University of Puerto Rico at Ponce $948,423
Northeast State Community College $943,755
Palm Beach State College $950,000
Pensacola State College $832,390
University of Houston-Clear Lake $949,914
Cuyahoga Community College District $939,352
University of Houston-Downtown $943,724
Phoenix College $929,617
Open Textbooks Program
School Grant Amount Awarded
Loyola Marymount University $1,533,300
University of Houston-Downtown $1,160,037
Centers for Excellence for Veteran Student Success
School Grant Amount Awarded
Chattahoochee Valley Community College $600,000
Iowa Lakes Community College $587,298
City Colleges of Chicago $596,278
Roosevelt University $527,081
Western Kentucky University $601,069
Minnesota State University Moorhead $453,424
St. Joseph's College, New York $559,867
State University of New York College at Old Westbury $538,307
Cuyahoga Community College District $597,745
The Citadel $600,462
Wayland Baptist University $592,217
University of Saint Thomas $590,107
Saint Martin's University $583,135
Herzing University, LTD $600,962
Fresno City College $599,986
Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education Program
School Grant Amount Awarded
Allan Hancock Joint Community College District $989,767
Atlanta Technical College $510,233