Application Process

EducationQuest will award College Access Grants in the summer of 2022. The application process is now open.


  • All Nebraska public and private high schools are eligible to apply if approved or accredited to issue a high school diploma.
  • Schools planning to apply must send a representative to the EducationQuest Symposium April 7, 2022 in Lincoln.
  • Previous College Access Grant recipients may reapply two years from the last year of funding. High schools selected in 2016 may reapply in 2022.

Funding Amounts

The amount each school receives depends on their 9th through 12th grade enrollment. Funding is provided for four years.

While all students are eligible to participate in grant-funded activities, schools must select a minimum target audience of students in grades 9 through 12 who are less likely to go to college without participating in a college access program.

Number of Students Annual Funding Amount Minimum Student Target Population
150 or less $2,500 100%
150 to 299 $5,000 75%
300 to 399 $7,500 50%
400 to 999 $10,000 20% or minimum of 150, whichever is larger
1,000 to 1,999 $15,000 10% or minimum of 150, whichever is larger
2,000 and up $20,000 10%


Required Activities

  • Visit a Nebraska college campus.
  • Attend a Financial Aid Presentation.
  • Complete the FAFSA (or College Funding Estimator).
  • Search for scholarships.
  • Apply to at least one college.
  • Host a college access meeting with 9th and 10th grade families.
  • Attend a College Fair or Educational Planning Program.
  • Provide information about dual-enrollment courses.
  • Develop a relationship with an area business.

College Access Grant Application Resources

  • Video series explains all aspects of the application and grant program.
  • How-to Guide provides steps to completing each activity and resources from other grant-funded schools.
  • College Access Nebraska publication highlights activities coordinated by current and past recipients.

Reporting Requirements


Contact Grants Manager Chelsey Karlin at 800.303.3745, ext. 6906 (402.479.6906 in Lincoln).