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College Access Challenge Grant Program

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) has announced $835,500 in Massachusetts College Access Challenge Grant continuation funding to seven regional partnerships and a pilot project. This federal funding will support the delivery of college access programming to students and families throughout the Commonwealth.

2014 Massachusetts College Access Challenge Grant Recipients

Regional Partnerships Award Amount
The Boston Foundation partnership with uAspire, Boston Public Schools, Success Boston "Get Ready, Get In, Get Through Project"
Berkshire Community College partnership with Mass College of Liberal Arts, Berkshire County Public High Schools College Access Collaboration
Central & Southeast
Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities Inc. (MassEdCo) partnership with Greater Springfield, New Bedford and Worcester Educational Opportunity Centers
North Central
Mt. Wachusett Community College partnership with nine area high schools
Middlesex Community College partnership with Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Community College, Salem State University and UMass Lowell
Pioneer Valley
Holyoke Community College partnership with Greenfield Community College
Connect to College Consortium - Massasoit Community College partnership with Bristol Community College, Brockton, Randolph and Fall River Public Schools
Pilot Award Amount
Salem Cyberspace Program $75,000


The College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Program is a federally funded formula grant that is designed to foster partnerships among federal, state and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education. The U.S. Department of Education provides CACG grants to states to meet the needs of underrepresented students and families, with priority to those living at or below poverty, as authorized under Section 781 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; 20 USC 1141.


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