The Education Dept. will soon re-launch a funding competition that supports efforts to help disadvantaged and disenfranchised high school students get a diploma and start on a path to earn a college degree.
The Talent Search program (CFDA Number: 84.044) identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
Talent Search is one of eight TRIO programs. DoEd made about $135 million in new awards in FY 2014. Funding levels for the next round are TBA. DoEd is seeking approval for the competition and has opened a public comment period. It will release a NOFA sometime after the public comment period closes on Dec. 7.