Our College has been awarded with a five year, $1,370,826 Title III Grant under the Strengthening Institutions program to focus on Implementing Strategies for Retention.
Title III, Part A is a component of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). The HEA is a legislative document designed to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and provide financial assistance for students in post-secondary and higher education.
This Grant is administered through the U.S Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, under the “Strengthening Institutions” program. Competition is strong for these funds, with only an estimated 62 new awards being handed out for fiscal year 2008.
Higher Education Act
Title III, Part A is a component of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). The HEA is a legislative document that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 8, 1965 “to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in post-secondary and higher education”. In that education message, President Johnson articulated the need for more higher education opportunities for lower and middle income families, program assistance for small and less developed colleges, additional and improved library resources at higher education institutions, and utilization of college and university resources to help deal with national problems like poverty and community development. The HEA was a response, and though it has been amended several times since its inception, the basic premise has remained.
To be eligible for a Title III grant, an institution must meet both basic and specific eligibility requirements. A basic requirement is that an institution must be accredited or pre-accredited by a nationally-recognized accrediting agency or association and be legally authorized by the state in which it is located to be a junior college or to provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor’s degree.
Under specific eligibility requirements, an institution must have at least 50 percent of its degree students receiving need-based assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, or have a substantial number of enrolled students receiving Pell Grants, and have low educational and general expenditures. The Secretary may waive the eligibility requirements under certain conditions, which are defined in program regulations.
Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Rd. • Nashville, TN 37209
615-353-3333 • 1-800-272-7363