College Preparation Intervention Program
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, a state funded grant, 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
This annual competitive grant program supports the federally
Maryland College Access Challenge Grant Program
(MCACGP) 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. 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
mini-courses for high school students held at college campuses,
career exploration research with follow-up activities on campus,
professional development for teachers, financial aid workshops
for students and parents, and tutoring by college students in
subjects such as reading, math, and science.
Request for Applications (RFA)
CPIP RFA (PDF)
Please review the FY 2014 RFA entirely.
There are several NEW
changes this year!
FY 2014 Project Priorities
Within the 3 funded categories (RFA pages 3-4), MHEC has identified
the following priorities:
Support students academically as they prepare for
graduation and college entrance;
- Prepare students who have not
taken or have failed the Algebra/Data Analysis,
Biology High School Assessment (HSA) to achieve a
- Provide SAT and/or ACT preparation for students.
- Provide opportunities for students to earn
college credits through dual enrollment.
Provide services that are designed to reach the most
at risk students to decrease the attrition rate in
selected LEA high schools.
Engage students in developing an education and
career plan, as well as develop the non-technical skills
necessary to be successful professionally.
- Increase CPIP students’ knowledge of the
relationships between career goals, high school and
college courses, and postsecondary education and
- Provide and/or facilitate (paid and
non-paid) internship opportunities for CPIP
- Provide ‘soft skills’ training engage students
in activities designed to develop professional
behaviors, such as a strong work ethic, dressing
appropriately, taking the initiative, being
and having a collegial attitude.
Provide parents and guardians with information
about State graduation requirements; college admission
and financial aid requirements including FAFSA
completion; and provide the tools and resources they
to help their children stay in high school, take the
challenging courses, and prepare for college and career.
Build relationships with students
to foster in them a belief that they would be accepted
and welcomed in a
college environment by providing on-campus experiences,
including interactions with college students and
RFA FY 2014 REPORT FORMS:
FY 2013 & 2014 PROJECT ABSTRACTS