To identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education; to encourage them in completing secondary school and in enrolling in programs of postsecondary education; to publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial aid; and to increase the number of secondary and postsecondary school dropouts who reenter and complete an educational program.
Last Known Status
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds are awarded to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, combinations of such entities, and secondary schools, to identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education, encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary educational training, and publicize existing forms of student aid. Projects must provide connections to academic tutoring services, advice on and assistance in selecting secondary and college courses, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and in completing college applications, information on student financial aid and assistance in completing financial aid applications, connections to services designed to improve financial and economic literacy, and guidance and assistance in re-entering and completing secondary school. Projects may also provide academic tutoring personal and career counseling; information on career options, exposure to college campuses, workshops and counseling for families of students served, mentoring programs involving school teachers and counselors; and services specially designed for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless children and youth, and students in foster care. A grantee may not use the project as a part of its recruitment program.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402B, 20 U.S.C. 1070a-12., 20 U.S.C 1070a-12.
Institutions of higher education (IHEs), public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program, secondary schools.
Individuals residing in the target area or attending a target school who have potential for education at the postsecondary level and who can benefit from one or more of the services provided by the project. Two-thirds must be low-income individuals who are also potential first generation college students. Project participants must be between 11 and 27 years old (exceptions allowed). Required low-income criteria for participants are stated in application materials.
Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations EDGAR). OMB Circular No. A-21 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education; no State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Programs. This program is subject to the provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Selected nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 643.21 and 34 CFR 643.22. New regulations are being developed. Consult the program office for details. Grantees will be selected on the basis of satisfactory proposals and availability of funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
About 90 to 180 days.
The program statute authorizes a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with the process specified in 34 CFR 643.24. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence that the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.
Awards are for five year project periods. Continuation awards are approved on an annual basis, subject to the availability of funds and the grantee meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress toward meeting the project objectives.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The statute establishes a minimum grant amount.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Five year projects, annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantees must submit an annual performance report. No cash reports are required. Progress reports (form ED 524B) are required for a project in its first year of funding. Staff monitor grantees' drawdowns using agency financial reports. Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR (74.26, 75.702, 75.910, 74.61.)
In accordance with EDGAR 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.
Fiscal Year 2012: The Department made NCC awards to 454 grantees. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
(Project Grants) FY 12 $135,969,000; FY 13 est $135,893,000; and FY 14 est $135,515,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition. In FY 12, awards ranged from approximately $227,309 to $681,210; the average award was $299,490. The statutory minimum is $200,000, unless the applicant requests a smaller amount.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 643
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 85, and 86.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Craig Pooler Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-8510 Email: email@example.com
Phone: (202) 502-7640
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
For new awards, the Department will select applicants under the criteria set forth in 643.21 of the program regulations. Contact the program office for additional information.