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College Access Challenge Grant Program

2012-2015 Grant Recipients

  • EducationQuest
  • Omaha Public Schools
  • Central Plains Center for Services
  • Ho-Chunk Community Development Corp.
  • Nebraska Methodist College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Creighton University
  • Additional funded programs:

  • Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program
  • ACE Plus Scholarship Program
  • Western Rural Schools Initiative
  • To read summary descriptions of the chosen proposals, click here.


    To increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education, the U.S. Department of Education has designated grant funds to states to undertake projects that meet the needs of those students and their families.  Nebraska's Governor has designated the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to be the primary grant recipient for the state of Nebraska. 

    Eligible projects that may be funded by the CACG Program are to be used for specific activities or services that will help eligible students gain entrance to, and succeed in, a postsecondary education environment.  Projects that would qualify for CACG Program funds include those that provide students with information on postsecondary financing options and postsecondary education benefits, as well as professional development activities for guidance counselors to better assist their students in gaining admission to postsecondary institutions.  Please see the Request for Proposal for a complete description of eligible activities.

    The CACG Program also seeks to foster partnerships among federal, state and local governments, and local philanthropic organizations.  Public and non-profit-private institutions of higher education, K-12 public and private schools or districts, and non-profit educational organizations based in Nebraska are encouraged to apply for CACG grants.

    2012-13 CACG Annual Performance Report

    To view the Coordinating Commission's 2012-2013 Annual Performance Report for the CACG Program, click here.


    For questions regarding the program, please contact Ben Civic, the Coordinating Commmission's CACG Program Director, at (402) 471-0026 or by email at