Grants for Student Success Technology

Make student success a reality by finding the appropriate grant money to fund the SSP implementation. Institutions have the unique opportunity to find and apply for grant money to fund student success technology projects, but they first must be aware of the grant opportunities. Please read below to get informed on the many ways to receive grant funding for student success technology and initiatives.

Department of Education (DOE) Grants

Title III Part A Programs – Strengthening Institutions
This program helps eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) become self-sufficient and serve low-income students. Projects funded include student service programs designed to improve academic success. Learn more.

Title III Part B – Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Program
This program provides financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish or strengthen their academic resources and student services. Learn more.

Title V – Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
This grant provides money to assist Hispanic-Service Institutions (HSIs) in expanding educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. Learn more.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
This program provides grant funding for very specific causes, including the promotion of student success of veteran students, and grants to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes. Learn more.

Federal Outreach and Service Programs (TRiO)
Grant funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Learn more.

Additional Grants

In addition to federal grants, there are also non-governmental grants institutions can apply for.

Achieving the Dream
Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Compised of over 200 institutions of higher education, Achieving the Dream offers several student success based initatives including grants for Integrated Planning and Advising Services for Students on STEM Pathways. Learn more.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2013, this foundation awarded grants for implementation of Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) technology. SSP is IPAS technology, and is a viable option for institutions that wish to use their IPAS grant money on student success technology. Institutions should keep an eye on the grant activities of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, as they may award more grants to higher education in the future. Learn more.

Completion by Design
Completion by Design (CBD) works to strengthen pathways to completion for students, without increasing costs, diluting educational quality, or undermining community colleges’ historical commitment to open access. To date, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has dedicated $35 million to the initiative. SSP is in part thriving due to a grant from the Completion by Design (CBD) initiative. The CBD initiative helps participating community colleges boost completion rates for most students, with a focus on comprehensive institutional transformation. Learn more.

SSP is Grant-Funded and Improves Student Success and Retention

All of these grants are focused on promoting student success. SSP became open source software through a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant. NGLC partners include CCSSO, EDUCAUSE, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, iNACOL, and The League for Innovation. SSP is a free and open source student engagement technology solution designed to support an integrated approach for student counseling, advising, and planning through its modern toolset for counselors, faculty, and students. The SSP system provides features for academic planning and monitoring (My Academic Plan - MAP); counseling and interventions; journaling and action plans; early alerts; and student self-help tools. SSP also provides resources for students to improve their academic skills and their ability to successfully navigate their world. SSP is designed to improve retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree.

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