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College Access Challenge Grant

The College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Program is a federal formula grant program created as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRA) of 2007. It was created with the purpose of fostering partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

The primary goal of the CACG program in Texas is to build statewide support for a college-going culture, and-ultimately-to increase the number of degrees and credentials earned by underrepresented students in postsecondary education.

The objectives of CACG Texas are to:

  • Improve parents' and students' knowledge about the college and career exploration, application, and financial aid processes;
  • Increase parents' and students' belief that college is a viable, desirable option;
  • Increase the number of underrepresented students who apply to college, complete the FAFSA, and enroll in college; and
  • Increase the number of students who persist in college and graduate.

The programs funded by the CACG are based on proven results and represent a comprehensive, coherent, and effective approach aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The Generation Texas (GenTX) public awareness campaign/movement is the foundation of the CACG plan in Texas. All other aspects of CACG build upon GenTX and will continue to align and support one another.

The Office of the Governor has designated Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as the agency to apply for and administer the CACG grant on behalf of the State of Texas. Since the initial year of CACG funding in 2008, the continued coordination and alignment of efforts have improved as Texas strives to achieve the goals of its higher education plan, Closing the Gaps 2015.

College Access Challenge Grant Website: College Access Challenge Grant

For more information, contact Jerel Booker.

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