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College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP)

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #153677

Grant Description

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Grants to Maryland accredited IHEs to increase access to higher education for students in eligible locations. Funding is intended to encourage collaboration between the state's two- and four-year institutions of higher education and high-need education agencies to help underrepresented students improve their level of academic preparedness for acceptance and success in college. Funds must serve middle and high school students in Baltimore City, and Prince George's, Somerset, and Wicomico Counties.

The College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) is a State grant program which supports Maryland’s college access and completion goals as defined in the State’s 2017-2021 State Plan for Postsecondary Education, and the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013. CPIP funding provides financial support and fosters collaboration between Maryland’s local education agencies (LEA) and its higher education institutions to raise the level of academic preparedness of economically and environmentally disadvantaged students to enable them to attend, persist, and succeed in college.

Target Population: ​Maryland middle and high school students, grades 6-12, in Baltimore City, Prince George’s, Somerset, and Wicomico Counties beginning no earlier than 6th grade. 

The College Preparation Intervention Program may include activities to:

  1. Improve diagnosis of basic skill deficiencies of middle and high school students to enhance the preparedness of the students for college;
  2. Establish a testing program, using presently administered tests to the extent possible, to evaluate achievement levels and assess the preparation of high school students who are potentially college bound;
  3. Compile a list of courses of study recommended for college preparation and distribute copies of the lists to the high school students and their parents;
  4. Provide information regarding college preparation to high school students in a timely manner so the student can make course changes to be better prepared for college;
  5. Improve information to high schools and local school systems concerning the performance of their graduates at the college level in at least the following areas:
    • (i) The adequacy of preparation of the students in basic skills on the students’ entry into college;
    • (ii) The campus enrollment and transfer patterns of students;
    • (iii) The program choices of the students;
    • (iv) The performance of the students on achievement tests; and
    • (v) The rate of retention and graduation of students; and
  6. Assist high schools and local school systems in the use of this information to improve student outcomes.

Projects should provide one or more of the following three types of activities:

  •  Academic Services to Students
  •  Student and Family Financial Aid Advising Services
  •  Student (and Family) Academic Planning and Career Counseling

For more information about the above types of funded activities, see:

Goals and objectives:

  • To increase LEA high school students’ mathematics and reading/language arts readiness, achievement and preparation in alignment with the Standard Core Curriculum;
  • To enhance high school students’ and their families’ knowledge of academic expectations, awareness of postsecondary education, careers, and postsecondary financial options including FAFSA completion support;
  • To improve preparedness for college by assisting with the communication and collaboration between higher education institutions, LEA and high school staff concerning the performance of high school graduates at the college level and to provide professional development for LEA and high school staff which will support diagnosing basic skill deficiencies of students. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Accredited Maryland institutions of higher education accepted as a partner for one or more LEA school sites are eligible to apply.

The eligible CPIP school districts are: Baltimore City, Prince George’s, Somerset, and Wicomico Counties.

Activities that focus solely on students who are already high-achieving academically are discouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals (electronic and hard copies) as well as all signature pages must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. on April 22, 2022.

- Request for Proposals Issued: March 15, 2022
- Technical Assistance: Contact Priscilla Moore by 4:00 p.m. on March 25, 2022
- Proposals Due to MHEC: By 4:00 p.m. April 22, 2022
- Award Notifications (via email): Prior to midnight on May 27, 2022
- Grant Project Start Date: May 27, 2022
- Interim Report Due: November 25, 2022
- Grant Project End Date: May 26, 2023
- Final Report Due: August 25, 2023

Successful projects demonstrate cooperative planning between the institutions of higher education (IHE), the LEA Coordinator for the respective school district, representatives from the school district’s central office, and whenever appropriate, from the schools to be served. These entities work together to assess the local education agencies’ (LEA) needs and student achievement when planning activities that will address these needs. Proposals must show evidence of collaborative planning between the primary IHE and the LEA. Project directors from the IHE should contact the LEA Coordinator early in the planning process. LEA grant offices may have a required approval process that could take several weeks.

Institutions may hold multiple grants and may apply for new grants. Grantees are strongly encouraged to conduct at least some activities on their campus.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amount: Up to $150,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: May 27, 2022 - May 26, 2023

Contact Information:

Please submit both the electronic copies and the hard copies to:
Priscilla Moore, Grants Management Manager
Office of Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty St., 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-7269

For more information and for technical assistance, please contact Priscilla Moore at the above email address.

Maryland Higher Education Commission
(410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)

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