October 22, 2010

Jefferson City - The Missouri Department of Higher Education is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that assist low income students to attend college. A letter of intent to apply for the grant is due by Nov. 15, 2010. The completed application is due Nov. 30, 2010.

The College Access Challenge Grant Program was passed by Congress in 2007 as part of the omnibus College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The Missouri Department of Higher Education administers the grant program. In 2011, MDHE will distribute about $1.6 million. Maximum grant amounts will be $100,000.

Not-for-profit, philanthropic organizations or consortia may apply for the grants, which must be matched with nonfederal funds (one dollar of matching funds for every two dollars of grant funds.) The grants are intended to pay for projects that provide information and outreach to students who may be at risk of not enrolling in or completing college.

Tim Hopkins, grant administrator, said the grants help make college an attainable goal for low income, first generation or minority students. "Grant recipients often work one-on-one with students to prepare them academically, financially and socially to enroll and graduate," Hopkins said. "They are making a difference in students' lives."

More information and application forms may be obtained on the Missouri Department of Higher Education Website at www.dhe.mo.gov/collegeaccess.shtml