Maryland’s General Assembly set a statewide goal that 55% of adult
Marylanders will hold an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2025. In support
of this statewide goal, the College and Career Readiness and College
Completion Act of 2013 was enacted. Likewise, the 2013-2017 State Plan for
Post-secondary Education – Maryland Ready - established deliverables that
include increasing college enrollments and completion. The statewide
completion goal, the College and Career Readiness and College Completion
Act of 2013, and Maryland Ready align with the State’s competitive
completion focused grant program, One Step Away State Grant Program (OSA).
One Step Away provides funds to support public and nonprofit independent
two- and four-year institutions’ efforts to identify, re-engage, re-enroll,
and graduate near-completer students. Near-completers are those students
who have earned 75% or more credits toward an associate or bachelor’s
degree, or may have enough credits for an associate or bachelor’s degree,
but have stopped-out or dropped-out for 12 months or longer without
obtaining a degree.
Purpose: The purpose of the One Step Away State Grant Program is to
increase college completion rates by providing associate and bachelor’s
degree granting Maryland institutions with monies to identify, contact,
re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students.
Grant Applicant Eligibility: All accredited Maryland public and nonprofit
independent two- year and four-year associate and bachelor’s degree
granting colleges and universities.
Grant Period: July 24, 2017 through September 24, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $60,000 may be requested per institution dependent
upon the scope of the project, and the number of anticipated
near-completers. Seven or more awards are anticipated.
Institutional Match: Institutions must provide in-kind or matching funds
in an amount equal to at least 1/3 of the total project cost
For more information refer to the RFP and application materials below or contact Benee Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)