Migrant Education_College Assistance Migrant Program

To assist students that are engaged, or whose parents are engaged in migrant and other seasonal farmwork, and are enrolled or are admitted for enrollment on a full-time basis in the first academic year at an institution of higher education.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Project funds are used to recruit potential participants and to provide services to students in such areas as: tutoring; academic, career, and personal counseling; health services; housing support; exposure to academic programs, cultural events, and other activities not usually available to migrant youth; and appropriate in-service training activities for project staff members.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2008 the program will serve approximately 1,943 students in 38 projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project funds may be used to provide supportive and instructional services, including tutoring and counseling services and assistance in obtaining student financial aid (including stipends, tuition, and room and board) to first-year college students, assist those students in obtaining financial aid for their remaining undergraduate years, and provide follow-up services, such as monitoring and reporting students first year and subsequent year academic progress, and referrals to counseling services, academic assistance or financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education or private nonprofit agencies in cooperation with institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

First-year college students that are engaged, or whose parents are engaged, in migrant and other seasonal farmwork or who have participated or been eligible to participate in the Title I, Migrant Education Program.


To be eligible to participate in a CAMP project, the applicant must: (1) be enrolled or admitted for enrollment as a full-time student at a participating institution of higher education; (2) not be beyond the first academic year of a program of study at the institution of higher education, as determined under the standards of the institution; and (3) be determined by the grantee to need the academic and supporting services and financial assistance provided by the project in order to complete an academic program of study at the institution of higher education.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Application forms are available from the Department of Education. An applicant submits its application to the Department of Education no later than the date announced by the Department in the Federal Register. An application must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the regulations, instructions, and forms included in the grant application package. The applications are reviewed and evaluated by a panel for possible selection for funding.

Award Procedures

The Department of Education notifies successful applicants of awards. Actual negotiation and awarding of grants is done by the Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education staff.


Contact the Department of Education for application deadlines.


Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 5, Section 418A, 20 U.S.C. 1070d-2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately three months.




Grants are awarded for 5 years, subject to the availability of funds and recipient performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project period is up to 60 months; funds are awarded for a 12-month budget period. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds and recipient performance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual continuation applications showing satisfactory performance are required each year, and a final performance report is required 90 days after project ends.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administration Regulations in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate. If such entities are excluded, audits of these entities shall be made in accordance with statutory requirements and the provisions of 34 CFR 74.


In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR 74, 75, and 80), grantees must maintain certain project records for five years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $15,377,000; FY 08 est $15,108,000; anf FY 09 est $15,108,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The estimated average Federal contribution per student for FY 2008 is $7,914. For FY 2008 the range of awards is expected to be $200,000 to $425,000; the average is expected to be $410,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 206.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Migrant Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202. Contact: David De Soto. E-mail: david.de.soto@ed.gov. Telephone: (202) 260-8103; Toll-Free Telephone: (800) 872-5327.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Program regulations (34 CFR 206) include the criteria for selecting proposals, as follows: Need for Project (15 points); quality of project design (20 points); quality of management plan (20 points); quality of project services (15 points); quality of project personnel (10 points); adequacy of resources (10 points); evaluation (10 points); prior experience (15 points).

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