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College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP)

Grants to Maryland IHEs to Promote Access to Higher Education
and Foster Academic Preparedness for Disadvantaged Students

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Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

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03/11/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland accredited two- or four-year IHEs to promote access to higher education. Funding is intended to encourage collaboration between the state's colleges and universities and its high-need education agencies to raise the level of academic preparedness of economically and environmentally disadvantaged students, and to enable them to attend, persist, and succeed in college. Partnerships between a lead higher education institution and a nonprofit organization are welcome.

This annual competitive grant program supports the federally funded Maryland Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) as the state matching fund. CPIP, an early intervention program, requests that higher education institutions form partnerships with at least one high need local education agency. Additional LEAs, community organizations, and businesses may be included as partners to provide program interventions that encourage young people, especially students from low-income communities, to aim higher, study harder, and take the courses required for college admission and success.

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 funded activities see:

Activities may include evening, weekend, and summer programs with families together or in breakout groups of students and adults that address:
(a) Maryland high school graduation requirements;
(b) Benefits of attending college;
(c) What to take for college preparation and admission;
(d) How to prepare for college visits;
(e) Financial aid activities that including searching for scholarships
and financial planning; and
(f) Participation in events/activities that highlight jobs/careers.

Additional options include college visits, student career exploration activities, and paid/volunteer internships. There is a preference for projects that make a clear connection between careers and course/college choices. Projects should enable students to produce concrete products and/or gain
new experience. Applicants implementing this service MUST provide evidence of project success by comparing the percent of gain from pre- and post-survey results from both students and their parents.

Priorities for FY2019 funding can be viewed here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153677

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: May 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- An accredited Maryland public or independent two- or four-year institution of higher education. Partnerships between a lead higher education institution and a non-profit organization are welcome.
- Accredited Maryland Institutions of Higher Education accepted as a partner for one or more Maryland GEAR UP schools (Baltimore City, Dorchester and Wicomico Counties) and Prince George’s County.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Technical Assistance Meeting will be held on February 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:

Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center
Conference Room 2
6751 Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Please RSVP to Kendall Cook by February 5, 2019 (see details in Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: March 11, 2019, at 4:00 PM (electronic and paper submission). If inclement weather has caused the applicant institution or the Maryland Higher Education Commission to close business early that day, the proposal will be due by 4:00 p.m. of the next full business day for both the Commission and the applicant institution.

Program Timetable
- February 4, 2019 College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) RFP Issued
- February 6, 2018 Technical Assistance Meeting
- March 11, 2019 Proposals Due to MHEC by 4:00 p.m.
- April 26, 2019 Award Notifications (made via email prior to midnight)
- May 1, 2019 Project Implementation Begins
- December 2019 Final Award Payment (after the interim report is approved)
- May 31, 2020 Grant Project End

Grantees are required to provide a match contribution equal to at least ¼ or 25% of the total direct funds requested from MHEC to support the CPIP. This non-federal match may be met with cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send application to:

Kendall E. Cook, GEAR UP/CPIP Coordinator
Office of Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-7269

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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