One Step Away Grant Program

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Maryland’s General Assembly set a statewide goal that 55% of adult Marylanders will hold an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2025. The statewide completion goal, the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013, and the State Plan for Postsecondary Education align with the State's competitive completion focused grant program, One Step Away (OSA). One Step Away provides funds to support public and nonprofit independent two- and four-year institutions’ efforts to identify, re-engage, re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students. Near-completers are those students who have earned 75% or more credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree, or may have enough credits for an associate or bachelor’s degree, but have stopped-out or dropped-out for 12 months or longer without obtaining a degree.

Purpose: The purpose of the One Step Away State Grant Program is to increase college completion rates by providing associate and bachelor’s degree-granting Maryland institutions with monies to identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students.

Grant Applicant Eligibility: All accredited Maryland public and nonprofit independent two- year and four-year associate and bachelor’s degree-granting colleges and universities.

Grant Period: June 15, 2018 through August 15, 2019

Award Amount: Up to $60,000 may be requested per institution. Five or more awards are anticipated.

Institutional Match: : Institutions must provide in-kind or matching funds in an amount equal to at least 1/3 of the total project cost.

Application: Due May 2, 2018

For more information refer to the RFP and application materials below or contact Benee Edwards at benee.edwards@maryland.gov

FY 2018 Application Materials:

FY 2018 RFP (PDF) FY 2018 RFP (Word)
FY 2018 Budget Summary (Excel) FY 2018 Budget Summary (PDF)

FY 2017 Application Materials:

FY 2017 Final RFP (PDF) FY 2017 Final RFP (Word)
FY 2017 Budget Summary (Excel) FY 2017 Budget Summary (PDF)
2017 Abstracts​ (PDF) 

FY 2016 Application Materials:

FY 2016 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application (doc) FY 2016 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application (PDF)
FY 2016 Budget Summary Form (xlsx) FY 2016 Budget Summary Form (PDF)

FY 2016 Abstracts Interim Progress Report Form (PDF)
Interim Progress Report Form (Word)​ Interim Progress Budget Report Form (PDF)
Interim Progress Budget Report Form (Excel)​


FY 2014 Application Materials:

FY 2014 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application 
 (docx)
 FY 2014 ONE STEP AWAY Request for 
Application (PDF)
Annual Progress Budget Report Form (xls) Annual Progress Report Form 
(doc)
Final Report Form (doc) Final Budget Summary (xls)
FY 2014 Budget Summary Form (xlsx) FY 2014 Budget Summary Form (PDF)
FY 2014 Abstracts


FY 2013 Application Materials:

FY 2013 Abstracts

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