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College Access Challenge Grant

NYS Higher Education Services Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals for College Access Challenge Grant funding. Please go to New York State Contract Reporter, nyscr.ny.gov, for details.

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All applications have to be submitted via the NYS Grants Gateway. You may view the RFP on HESC’s website: http://www.hesc.ny.gov/content.nsf/HESC/Open_Procurements. You will still have to register in NYS Contract Reporter and all applications must be submitted using NYS Grants Gateway.

College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Resources

The overall goal of New York's College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) is to increase the number of low-income, minority and underserved students who are prepared to apply for, get accepted to and succeed in college, with a priority on families living below the poverty-level. Specifically, the goals and objectives of CACG include:

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) has been serving as the designated administering agency for the State's CACG program since 2008.

2013 CACG Grant Program

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) received a $6.8 million College Access Challenge Grant to improve college awareness, readiness, and attendance among low-income students in New York. HESC will make grant funds available to community groups and other institutions working directly with at-risk populations that are traditionally underserved.

Currently, regional services and activities provided through CACG sub-grantees include:
For 2013, HESC is taking a comprehensive and coordinated approach to increasing college enrollment and completion among disadvantaged students through intervention strategies and activities including:

HESC is partnering with the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) to deliver much needed services to CACG-qualified students and adults across the State of New York.

In addition, to achieve its CACG objectives, HESC will also continue to coordinate with other New York State agencies and non-profit organizations – such as the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), On Point For College and College Goal NY.

Learn More

For Additional Information about the CACG program administered by HESC, contact Jennifer Dwire at Jennifer.Dwire@hesc.ny.gov or visit

For information about the overall CACG visit the US Department of Education web site.