Performance Incentive Fund

The Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) is an annual, competitive seed grant program designed to launch and/or scale effective strategies and collaborative partnerships among the Commonwealth's public higher education campuses to advance the DHE’s “Big Three” Statewide Priority Objectives:

  1. Make college more accessible and affordable for all Massachusetts residents. More than 70% of jobs in the Commonwealth now require post-secondary training or degrees. Massachusetts residents who lack these credentials risk being left on the sidelines of the state’s high-skilled economy, unable to compete for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.
  2. Close gaps in student opportunity and achievement. Massachusetts public colleges and universities enroll more than 70% of the state’s Latinx and African American undergraduates. Yet six years after beginning their studies, fewer than one third of these students earn diplomas. While some public campuses have succeeded in closing one or more persistent gaps, much more work will be needed to bring best practices and proven interventions to scale across the entire system.
  3. Improve college completion rates. With declining enrollments and the expected retirement of 660,000 Massachusetts workers in the next decade, the state’s public colleges and universities must redouble efforts to increase the number of graduates who enter the workforce with degrees and certificates of value.

Funding History

The Performance Incentive Fund, or Performance Management Set-Aside Line (7066-0025), was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in FY2012.

How Projects Are Funded

Grants are awarded through a competitive process open to the state's 15 community colleges, nine state universities, and five UMass campuses. PIF funds are also used to support a number of projects to improve overall system performance, collaboration, and efficiencies.

Geographic Distribution by Fiscal Year