ED Awards Over $30 Million in Grants to Institutions to Improve Opportunities For Students From Underrepresented Communities

By Maria Carrasco, NASFAA Staff Reporter

The Department of Education (ED) on Friday announced 38 grant awards to institutions totaling more than $30 million under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). FIPSE, which has five grant programs, aims to improve higher education opportunities and outcomes for students from underrepresented communities.

The five grant programs include the Postsecondary Student Success Program, the Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program, the Open Textbooks Pilot Program, the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program, and the Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education Program.

"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," Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement. "The $30 million in grants announced today — including those of the new Postsecondary Student Success Program — will help colleges and universities advance innovative and evidence-based strategies to better support their students and help address students' basic needs, launch affordable open textbook programs, improve campus resources for veterans, and create opportunities for youth who've struggled with violence to get their lives back on track.”

ED lists the grantees and the amount of funds they will receive under each program, which include historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), and community colleges.


Publication Date: 1/23/2023

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