Supporting students

in accessing higher education


Urusan Kolej, a $15 million grantmaking initiative of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, seeks to increase college enrollment rates for Marion County high school seniors, especially for students less likely to enroll in college, including students from low-income households, Black students, and Hispanic and Latino students.

High school students face a variety of challenges when considering college, including accessing coursework that prepares them for college, identifying possible career options, and obtaining financial aid. For students without access to relevant support and resources, these challenges can turn into barriers that keep them from applying to and enrolling in college — furthering existing racial and socioeconomic disparities in education and worsening talent shortages in the Indy region.

To help remove some of these barriers and increase college enrollment, Urusan Kolej is awarding grants to Marion County public high schools and community organizations in two phases, Meeting the Moment dan Reversing the Trend. The grantees in both phases will use the funding to support Indianapolis students and their families as they navigate the process of exploring, enrolling in and financing college.

Of all 2021 Marion County high school graduates, only 48% enrolled in college, down from 62% just a decade ago. 1
Only 39% of 2021 high school graduates from low-income households in Marion County enrolled in college, compared to 55% of their higher-income peers. 1
45% / 38%
In 2021, Black high school graduates and Hispanic and Latino high school graduates in Marion County were less likely than others to enroll in college, with 45% of Black graduates and 38% of Hispanic and Latino graduates enrolling compared with 63% of their Asian peers and 52% of their white peers. 1
In 2023, only 39% of Marion County seniors completed the FAFSA. 2

1 Indiana College Readiness Dashboard2 Papan Pemuka Penyiapan FAFSA


More college graduates needed

Low college enrollment is a challenge to our economic vitality. Indianapolis employers continue to report difficulty finding talent with the education and skills needed to fill open positions. Fewer Marion County residents have college degrees than many of our peer cities, which puts us at a competitive disadvantage when trying to attract new businesses and better jobs.

For individuals, education beyond high school contributes to a higher annual income and improved financial stability. Further, increased educational attainment is associated with increased health, happiness, quality of life and civic engagement.


Grants to support FAFSA completion and college enrollment

Melalui College Matters: Meeting the Moment, the Foundation awarded nearly $5 million in short-term grants to Marion County public schools, community organizations, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in September 2023. These grants provide support to students in two areas: completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — now a requirement to graduate high school in Indiana — and exploring their college options.

Meeting the Moment: Grants to schools

To assist students and their families in meeting Indiana’s new FAFSA mandate during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years, the Foundation awarded a total of $3.25 million in grants to 37 Marion County public high schools within 17 school corporations.*

Perbadanan sekolahJumlah pemberian
Sekolah Bandar Beech Grove$160,000
Christel House Indianapolis$160,000
Goodwill Foundation of Central & Southern Indiana$200,000
Sekolah Klasik Herron$200,000
Sekolah Awam Indianapolis$240,000
Sekolah Komuniti Irvington$145,500
Sekolah Awam KIPP Indy$150,000
MSD of Decatur Township$200,000
MSD Perbandaran Lawrence$240,000
MSD Perbandaran Pike$200,000
MSD Perbandaran Warren$240,000
MSD Perbandaran Washington$177,750
MSD Perbandaran Wayne$240,000
Perry Township Schools$240,000
Akademi Kepimpinan Phalen$150,000
Sekolah Menengah Politeknik Purdue$160,000
Persediaan Kolej Kemenangan$150,000
* The amount of grant funding was awarded based on a school’s organization type and total enrollment of high school seniors.

Meeting the Moment: Grants to community organizations

To reach students and their families in places other than schools, four Marion County community organizations received grants totaling $1.35 million over three years to support students in exploring, enrolling in and financing college.

Organisasi berasaskan komunitiJumlah pemberian
Pusat Pembangunan Kepimpinan$300,000
Ekspo Hitam Indiana$300,000
Institut Latino Indiana$450,000
Liga Bandar Indianapolis$300,000

Meeting the Moment: Grant to Indiana Commission for Higher Education

To fund convenings and facilitate the exchange of information between grantees and the State of Indiana, the Suruhanjaya Indiana untuk Pendidikan Tinggi received a three-year, $363,000 grant.


Grants to implement proven college enrollment strategies

To make an even larger impact on the college enrollment rate, the Fairbanks Foundation announced College Matters: Reversing the Trend in December 2023. This phase of Urusan Kolej, which seeks to reverse the decline in college enrollment among Marion County high school students, launched a competitive grant process for Marion County public school corporations to apply for funding to implement strategies aimed at increasing college enrollment.

Melalui Reversing the Trend, the Fairbanks Foundation is awarding funding in two stages. The first stage, which opened Dec. 5, 2023, and closed Feb. 1, 2024, allowed public school corporations to apply for one of six planning grants to support the development of four-year plans to increase college enrollment. These plans will use proven or innovative strategies to increase college enrollment, with an emphasis on students who are less likely to enroll in college.

From a total of 20 applicants, six school corporations were chosen to receive $20,000 planning grants:

Each of the grantees will receive technical assistance from national research firm Mathematica as they select the appropriate interventions for their schools and develop an implementation plan.

In the second stage of the grant process, which will take place in late July 2024, the six school corporations that received the planning grants will be invited to submit proposals for additional grants of up to $1.5 million each that, if awarded, will support the implementation of their four-year plans. Each grantee can also use this grant money to plan for how they will sustain their work beyond the grant period.


Activity Date 
Informational webinars Jan. 10, 2024, and Jan. 12, 2024
Planning grant applications due Noon EST on Feb. 1, 2024
Planning grantee notification March 25, 2024
Planning grant period March 25, 2024 – July 31, 2024
Implementation grant proposals due July 31, 2024
Implementation grantee notification Sept. 3, 2024
Implementation grant period Sept. 3, 2024 – June 30, 2028


Below, you’ll find a variety of items used to inform the creation of the Urusan Kolej initiative, including data sources and relevant research. For more information on Urusan Kolej, hubungi kakitangan Yayasan di

This competitive Request for Applications solicited proposals from eligible Marion County public high schools interested in receiving College Matters: Reversing the Trend planning grant funding.


Schools applying for College Matters: Reversing the Trend planning grants were encouraged to use this template when submitting a line-item budget for the planning grant period.


This Frequently Asked Questions document includes information relevant to schools applying for College Matters: Reversing the Trend planning grants.


This appendix to the College Matters: Reversing the Trend Request for Applications contains summaries of evidence-based interventions that fall under three strategies to increase college enrollment: 1) strengthen college and career counseling; 2) increase families’ financial awareness and help students apply for financial aid; and 3) bolster students’ academic preparation for college.


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