$5,000 State Grant Opportunities to Increase College Access for 2016 High School Graduates

Dear Colleague,

Your high school may be eligible to apply for New York State’s College Action Grant, which awards up to $5,000 to high schools that promote activities aimed at increasing the rate of low-income New York State high school seniors who apply to college, complete the FAFSA, and ultimately enroll in a college. Eligible high schools are those in which 50 percent or more of the students are eligible to participate in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. Qualified not-for-profit organizations serving low-income students from such high schools are also eligible to apply for this grant opportunity.

Grant applicants must agree to participate in and report on each of the following three statewide initiatives:

  • College Application Week, October 26-30, 2015
  • New York State’s Student Financial Aid Awareness Campaign’s FAFSA Completion Hands-on Workshop, January – March, 2016
  • College Signing Day, May 2016

Up to $500,000 in funding is available for New York State’s College Action Grants.

Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway. For more information, visit www.hesc.ny.gov/collegeaction.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)