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College Preparation Intervention Program

 Purpose:  The College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) is a State grant program which supports Maryland’s college access and completion goals as defined in Maryland Ready, the State’s 2013-2017 State Plan for Postsecondary Education and the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013. CPIP provides financial support for institutions of higher education (IHE) to partner with high need local education agencies (LEA) to develop and implement successful strategies that help low income and underrepresented students complete high school and enroll in college.

Authorization:  Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article, Subtitle 7. College Preparation Intervention Program, §§ 11-701 through 11-705.

Support to GEAR UP:  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, request 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.

Funded Activities: CPIP-funded activities are intended to improve the college and career readiness of Maryland's K-12 students.  Examples of fundable activities include but are not limited to:

  • Academic enrichment or remedial mini-courses for middle school students held at college campus;

  • Career exploration research with follow-up activities on campus;

  • Financial aid workshops for students and parents;

  • Tutoring by college students in subjects such as reading, math and science; and

  • Professional development for teachers, principals, counselors and other staff;

Please review the FY 2016 RFP entirely.  There are several NEW changes this year!

Eligibility: 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.

Project Period: May 16, 2016 – May 31, 2017    

Application Due Date:   January 22, 2016

Send application to:
Cynthia Tims
CPIP Coordinator
Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th  Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Note: List of Changes
Appendix A Maryland LEA School Sites (DOCX) Appendix A Maryland LEA School Sites (PDF)

Appendix B Content Standards (DOCX)

Appendix B Content Standards (PDF)
Appendix C Proposal Forms (DOCX) Appendix C Proposal Forms (PDF)
Appendix D Report Forms (DOCX) Appendix D Report Forms (PDF)


FY 2014

CPIP FY 2014 Abstracts (DOC)
CPIP FY 2014 Abstracts (PDF)

FY 2015

CPIP FY 2015 Abstracts (DOC)
CPIP FY 2015 Abstracts (PDF)

FY 2016

CPIP FY 2016 Abstracts (DOC)
CPIP FY 2016 Abstracts (PDF)