Supporting students

in accessing higher education

とは 大学の問題?

大学の問題, 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, 大学の問題 is awarding grants to Marion County public high schools and community organizations in two phases, Meeting the Moment and 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, a 28% decrease in just 10 years. 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 FAFSA 完了ダッシュボード


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

を通して 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.*

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.

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 インディアナ州高等教育委員会 received a three-year, $363,000 grant.


Grants to implement proven college enrollment strategies

を通して College Matters: Reversing the Trend, the Foundation will provide up to $9.7 million in competitive funding to Marion County public high schools for the implementation of strategies aimed at increasing college enrollment.

There are two steps in the application process. First, any eligible Marion County public high school is invited to apply for one of up to six $20,000 competitive short-term planning grants, which will provide them with resources to create a four-year plan for increasing college enrollment among their students. Second, the schools that received planning grants will be invited to submit proposals for competitive grants of up to $1.5 million each to support the implementation of their plan over a four-year period.

Only schools that received planning grants in the first step of the process are eligible to submit proposals for four-year implementation grants.

Application materials for College Matters: Reversing the Trend

More information about this phase of 大学の問題 can be found in the Request for Applications and Frequently Asked Questions documents linked below, including:

  • School eligibility.
  • Strategies and tactics shown to increase college enrollment.
  • Examples of metrics grantees will be expected to track.
  • Questions that must be answered as part of the grant application.
  • Application evaluation criteria.
  • Permissible uses of grant funds.
  • Details on informational webinars.

Request for Applications

Budget Template



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

大学の問題 リソース

Below, you’ll find a variety of items used to inform the creation of the 大学の問題 initiative, including data sources and relevant research. For more information on 大学の問題、財団スタッフに連絡してください。

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.


このジャーナルの記事は、高校卒業の要件としてFAFSAの修了を義務付けるというルイジアナ州の州政策の影響を強調しています。この研究は、ルイジアナ州の FAFSA 修了義務により、大学入学者数が 1 ~ 2 パーセントポイント増加し、FAFSA 修了者数が 19 パーセントポイント増加したことを示しています。


The College Readiness Dashboard provides interactive data to supplement the annual College Readiness Reports; data is available for the state overall as well as by county, school district and school. The Dashboard includes data for high school graduates from the classes of 2012 through 2021.


このレポートは、2019 年高校卒業生の人口統計、学業準備のレベル、大学進学率、早期大学での成功指標 (2018 年卒業生)、および卒業率 (2020 年卒業生) に焦点を当てています。




College Completion Dashboard は、年次大学修了レポートを補足するインタラクティブなデータを提供します。データは州全体だけでなく、郡、学区、学校ごとにも入手できます。ダッシュボードには、2006 年の秋以降に大学に入学した学生のデータが含まれています。




College Value Report ダッシュボードは、College Value Report を補足する対話型データを提供します。データは、すべての州機関全体だけでなく、個々の公的機関、学位レベル、プログラム分野ごとにも入手可能です。ダッシュボードには、2008 年から始まり 2017 年の卒業生までに大学を卒業した学生のデータが含まれています。




コミュニティ データ スナップショット (CDS) と呼ばれるフェアバンクス財団の無料データ リソースには、教育、健康、インディアナポリスの活力といった財団の重点分野におけるさまざまな対策に関するマリオン郡および州レベルの情報が含まれています。コミュニティ データ スナップショットの教育セクションには、以下に関連する複数のデータ セットが含まれています。 大学の問題、高校卒業率、大学進学率、大学継続率、SAT の成績、高校卒業資格の種類などが含まれます。これらの対策の多くは、学区および学校レベルの CDS でも利用できます。


インディアナ州教育省が作成した「Indiana Grades Prepared to Succeed」ダッシュボードには、PK から 12 年生までのフージャーの生徒を対象とした学校および学区レベルのデータが含まれています。インディアナ州総会が学校成績ダッシュボードを立ち上げる要件を制定した後に作成され、特に以下に関連する GPS 内の情報 大学の問題 FAFSA の修了および雇用/入学(インディアナ州内で雇用されている学生、または卒業予定年の 1 年後にインディアナ州の公立高等教育機関に入学している学生の割合)が含まれます。