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Unlocking the Promise of Pell for Students in Prison

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Vera Institute of Justice Inc|$1,100,000|4/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports Vera Institute of Justice in providing meaningful and in-depth technical assistance, training and advising to new and existing Second Chance Pell Initiative college sites and their state corrections system partners. The goal is to ensure the implementation of high-quality postsecondary education in prison and to help the field grow a cohort of correctional administrators prepared to support the broad expansion of such programs.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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American Association of State Colleges and Universities|$1,966,060|7/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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National College Attainment Network|$250,000|10/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports National College Attainment Network and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

On the Path to a Degree (OnPath)

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MDRC|$570,300|12/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports MDRC in providing technical assistance to five institutions within a state community college system and five other minority-serving community colleges to assess and develop communications plans that will improve persistence and degree completion rates for students from low-income backgrounds.

Scaling Community College Baccalaureates in a Changing Landscape

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New America Foundation|$300,000|12/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports the New America Foundation in examining the role that community college baccalaureates play in meeting employer demand for degrees, as well as demand for affordable bachelors degrees for low-income and rural communities.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Wisconsin Technical College System Board|$150,000|11/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports the Wisconsin Technical College System and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

Understanding Barriers to Refiling the FAFSA

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MDRC|$50,000|12/2021 - 12/2022
This grant supports MDRC in gaining an understanding of the reasons students in good academic standing who return to college do not refile the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The research will seek to quantify the impact the decision not to refile has on student retention.

Supporting Rural Colleges in Competitive Federal Grant Opportunities

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WestEd|$50,000|4/2022 - 12/2022
This grant supports WestEd in conducting a series of virtual workshops for teams from approximately 30 rural community colleges to assist them in preparing applications for the Strengthening Community College Training Grants funding opportunity announced by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Chalkbeat Higher Education Coverage in Colorado and Indiana

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Chalkbeat Inc|$50,000|7/2022 - 12/2022
This grant supports Chalkbeat in expanding its already highly regarded K-12 reporting to cover challenges facing the postsecondary education system and to elevate possible solutions, starting in Colorado and Indiana.

Development of a Comprehensive Transfer Blueprint

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Kent State University Foundation Inc|$855,526|7/2019 - 12/2022
This grant supports Kent State University in developing transfer pathways with three partner community colleges that streamline student progress to a degree.