One Step Away Grant Program


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 a competitive grant program, supports public and nonprofit independent two- and four-year institutions’ efforts to identify, re-engage, re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students. Near-completers are 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 stopped-out or dropped-out for 12 consecutive months or more without obtaining a degree.

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

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

Grant Period: July 8, 2024 through August 31, 2025

Award Amount: Up to $60,000 per institution.

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 Deadline: June 24, 2024

For more information refer to the RFP and application materials below or contact Anthony Reiner​ at 

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