AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Higher Education Public Funding

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) is intended “to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education.” Additional information about the Higher Education Act can be found at: US Code 28 and Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Each state has its own programs and initiatives to fund education. To research current public funding in your state, go to U.S. Department of Education State Contacts.

Open Funding Competitions

Office of Postsecondary Education


Federal programs administered under the Department of Education-Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) are designed to broaden access to higher education and strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities. Grant funds are primarily awarded to institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

AVID for Higher Education programs can be funded through several of the OPE Higher Education Programs (HEP). HEP has three primary components:


  1. Student Service, which includes the TRIO Program and GEAR UP
  2. Institutional Service, which includes FIPSE
  3. State Service

The Initiatives Overview gives details on a number of federal funding programs and highlights how AVID for Higher Education can be funded.

Strategies for Financial Support


AVID Center has organized a comprehensive collection of potential funding sources for AHE. This information includes various private and public sources and how AVID for Higher Education aligns with the missions or goals of each. In addition, it indicates whether each funding source is appropriate for the Student Success Initiative (SSI) and/or the Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI). The presentation below gives an overview of strategies. For further assistance applying these initiatives and title funds to AVID for Higher Education, please contact [email protected].