Scaling Grants

These grants enable the growth of successful, evidence-supported programs to significantly increase the number of learners they help. We invest in the more widespread adoption of approaches and interventions that have been shown to make a measurable difference.

  • The 3 Ways We Fund


Redesigning Student Supports at Arkansas Community Colleges

Enhanced advising at 22 Arkansas Community Colleges

Building on guided pathways reforms already underway, the Arkansas Community Colleges association is partnering with Achieving the Dream to integrate holistic student supports throughout the network.

Adult Learner 360 Academy for Hispanic-Serving Institutions


To improve graduation rates among Latino students, we’re funding an initiative aimed at improving supports at Hispanic-Serving Institutions with a focus on the needs of adult learners, who make up a large portion of the Latino student population.

Fast-Tracking the UW System Math Initiative

UW Math Initiative

Starting college on the right foot includes choosing an area of study, passing relevant gateway classes and making sure credits will transfer to a specific degree program. But conventional approaches to math placement and requirements trip up far too many first-year students. The University of Wisconsin System Math Initiative aims to boost student achievement with evidence-based, systemwide reform.

Madison College South Campus Grant

Building opportunity in an underserved community

Madison College’s new campus will improve access to education and community services for underrepresented residents of the city’s south side. Our pledge ensures the facility will be ready for action in the fall of 2019—four years ahead of schedule.

Aligning Education and Employment Equity

Local labor demand with equitable degree programs

We're supporting the Aspen Institute as they develop practical tools to help community colleges nationwide strengthen employer collaborations.

University Innovation Alliance Fellowship Program

UIA Fellowship program promotes student success

We’re supporting the expansion of an on-campus fellowship program that is a key component of the University Innovation Alliance’s strategy for promoting student success.

Strong Start to Finish

Strong start to finish building momentum for post secondary success logo

Focusing on the way students enter college and progress through the first year to propel them to earn degrees and credentials.

WTCS Student Success Center

National network expands to wisconsin

Moving the needle on two-year college completion requires integration of varied student success efforts. We're partnering with Jobs for the Future to bring the national Student Success Center model to Wisconsin's technical colleges.

Dash Emergency Grant

Unexpected expenses can create financial strain, leanding to dropped classes or dropping out altogether

For low-income college students, unexpected expenses like car repairs or medical bills often lead to dropping out. But these micro-grants can quickly and effectively change that.

Dana Center New Mathematics Pathways Grant

Different pathways for each person

Nearly all college students take algebra by default, but only half pass the class. The New Mathways Project challenges the status quo with three math pathways to boost student achievement and support their career goals.

NCAN FAFSA Completion Challenge


Twenty-five cities have accepted NCAN’s challenge to increase community wide FAFSA completion rates by at least 5 percentage points for the high school class of 2019 over the class of 2018.

Tackling Transfer


Most students who enroll in community college plan to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree, but only a small percentage succeed. That’s why we’re supporting an initiative to reform transfer practices within state college systems.

College Promise Success Initiative

Tuition plus support equals success

By offsetting the cost of tuition, College Promise programs make it easier for students from low-income backgrounds to enroll. But many students face obstacles beyond financial need. This project is exploring the impact of adding proven interventions to increase student success.

Text Steps Project

Have you signed up for orientation?

Texting reminders to high school grads over the summer keeps more on track for college in the fall. We’re making startup grants to Wisconsin school districts so they can launch text nudging programs and improve on-time college enrollment rates.

Making Reverse Transfer Easier

Making reverse transfer easier

Many students who've transferred to a four-year institution would be eligible for a credential if credits could be transferred back to the community college they previously attended.

Crafting Better Academic Probation Letters

Revising probation notification to help more students graduate

College Transition Collaborative is working to develop and share guidance with colleges about how to craft financial aid probation letters that meet federal requirements and convey their commitment to helping students succeed.

UIA Completion Grants

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Working with universities to ensure that a small unpaid campus bill is not a barrier for at-risk students nearing graduation.

Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarships

1.1 million dollars awarded to apprentices to date

Apprenticeships lead to good jobs, but for many it's a rocky financial road getting there, with little aid and big expenses for equipment and clothing. But $1,500 makes the going easier.

Teens of Promise (TOPS)

College going rate: more than 80 percent

Combine rigorous tutoring, steady mentoring and summer internship experiences and you get more engaged high schoolers. You also get a significant majority going on to college.

College PossibleTM

Five times more likely to graduate

Earning a college degree can break the cycle of poverty. Making it possible for thousands more low-income students: intensive coaching and support that follows them from high school through college.