Postsecondary Institutions of Higher Education

Office of Postsecondary Education

We have organized OPE programs by their primary purpose. The guide provides a brief summary of the program and a link to the main program page. Follow the links below for the program descriptions. Follow the links found on the individual program pages for more detailed program information.

- OPE's support for higher education begins even before students enroll in postsecondary institutions. Students - especially those who may become the first in their families to get a postsecondary education - need to plan early for college and get information, encouragement and academic support in preparing for higher education.

- Quality instruction is essential to student learning at all levels of education. Postsecondary institutions play an important role in training teachers for elementary and secondary schools. OPE's program on Teacher Quality addresses teacher education, while our Fulbright-Hays international programs support quality instruction at the postsecondary level by funding faculty research and educational experiences abroad.

- Once students are enrolled in postsecondary institutions, they may still need support in the form of special services in addition to financial aid to stay in school and succeed. Among the OPE programs addressing needs for special services are several TRIO programs and the Childcare Access Means Parents in School Program.

Most Federal student aid is available through the Federal Pell Grant Program and the Federal Family Education Loans and Direct Loans Programs located in the Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (OFSA). Information about those programs can be obtained by calling 1-800-4FED AID/1-800-433-3243.

- OPE's support for students continues through graduate school. Several programs provide funding, directly or through institutions of higher education, for graduate fellowships and research and educational experiences abroad.

- Ensuring that America's students are the best-educated in the world requires postsecondary education institutions to be innovative, replicate educational approaches that work, and take advantage of new technologies that improve student learning. Several OPE programs support those requirements.

- Many OPE programs are designed to strengthen international education, including several that fund postsecondary institutions to teach students the language skills and knowledge they need to work effectively in today's international economy with the many nations who are our trading partners or competitors.

Description: Supports technical assistance and professional development activities for faculty and administrators to improve their ability to provide a quality postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

Potential Grantees: Institutions of higher education.

Description: Funds institutions of higher education to provide (6- to 12-month) grants to doctoral students doing dissertation research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies. Eligible students must be plannning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.

Description: Supports surveys, studies, and development of instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.

Potential Grantees: Institutions of higher education, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals.

Description: Provides grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers serving as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects.

Potential Grantees: Institutions of higher education, individually or in consortia.

Description: The TCT initiative includes two types of discretionary grant programs for baccalaureate degree programs and for master's degree programs to develop and implement programs to provide integrated courses of study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), or critical foreign languages, and teacher education; to develop and implement two- or three-year, part-time master's degree programs in STEM or critical foreign language education for teachers; and to develop programs for professionals in STEM or critical foreign language education that lead to a master's degree in teaching that results in teacher certification.

Potential Grantees: An institution of higher education as defined under Section 101A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, on behalf of a department of STEM or a critical foreign language, or on behalf of a department or school with a competency-based degree program that includes teacher certification may receive funding under this program.

Description: Encourages model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

Description: Supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education by providing campus-based childcare services.

Description: Provides scholarships to individuals pursuing a course of study that will lead to a career in industrial health and safety occupations, including mine safety. This program is designed to increase the skilled workforce in these fields at both the fundamental skills level and the advanced skills level.

Potential Grantees: Individuals.

Description: Supports preparing undergraduate participants from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate high academic potential for doctoral studies. It does this by involving them in research, scholarly activities and through counseling, mentoring, and tutoring for doctoral studies.

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