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Student Support Services (SSS) Program

Grants to USA Institutions of Higher Education
for Programs that Foster Student Success

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Deadline Date:

01/27/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA institutions of higher education for programs that promote and foster student success. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support programs that provide services to students who are disadvantaged, disconnected, and/or underrepresented.

The purpose of the SSS Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities.

The support services should also foster an institutional climate that supports the success of students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students. Student support services should also improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Competitive Preference Priority 1--Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills (up to 3 points).

  • Projects that are designed to address improving collaboration between education providers and employers to ensure student learning objectives are aligned with the skills or knowledge required for employment in in-demand industry sectors or occupations (as defined in section 3(23) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

Competitive Preference Priority 2--Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens (up to 2 points).

  • Projects that are designed to address supporting instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.

Note: For both priorities, the Department is sufficiently interested in these topics that it may later seek to partner with successful applicants to conduct research and evaluation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187753

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$313,849,000

Number of Grants:

1069

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $149,482-$1,595,544
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $311,977

For applicants not currently receiving an SSS Program grant, the maximum awards are $253,032.

For applicants currently receiving an SSS program grant, the maximum award amount is the greater of (a) $253,032 or (b) 100 percent of the applicant's base award amount for FY 2019.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: IHEs or combinations of IHEs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Available: December 17, 2019.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 27, 2020.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: March 26, 2020.

Application submission is by 11:59:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on or before the deadline date.

Grants.gov registration involves many steps including registration on SAM (www.sam.gov) which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete, depending upon the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an applicant.

Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using Grants.gov, you must—
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov), the Government’s primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period. You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the following website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/ webform. A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days.

Cost Sharing or Matching: Section 402D(d)(4) of the HEA requires that all successful applicants that use SSS Program funds to provide grant aid to students pursuant to section 402D(d)(1) of the HEA must provide matching funds, in cash, from non-Federal funds, in an amount that is not less than 33 percent of the total amount of the SSS Program funds used for this aid. This matching requirement does not apply to a grant recipient that is an IHE eligible to receive funds under part A or part B of title III or under title V of the HEA.

Applicant information: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/applicant.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323012

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Julius C Cotton
ED Grants.gov FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288
julius.cotton@ed.gov

Program Manager:
Lavelle Wright
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 268-24
Washington, DC 20202-4260
Telephone: (202) 453-7739.
Email: Lavelle.Wright@ed.gov

CFDA Number:

84.042

Funding or Pin Number:

ED-GRANTS-121719-001

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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