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Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)

Funding Source: Subpart I of Title IV, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Grant Program Name: Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)

Period of Availability: Annually – July 1st through September 30th (15 months) with carryover available from October 1 through September 30 (12 months)

Application Deadline: No deadline, but funds are not available until the ESSA Consolidated Application is submitted on eGrants and approved by the Division of Federal Programs.

Application Information: Applications are submitted as part of the ESSA Consolidated Application on eGrants on an annual basis.

Program Description

Authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, 2) improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. (ESEA section 4101).

Federal Programs Consolidated Review

Title IV is monitored as part of the regular monitoring cycles for the Consolidated Application programs.

Annual Evaluation

PDE is required to submit an evaluation of the Title IV, SSAE program to USDE on an annual basis. At the current time, PDE is able to generate the data needed for the report from applications submitted on eGrants. If the requirements change, and the data is not available on eGrants, LEAs may be responsible for providing additional information on programs, services, staffing and/or other requested information.

Requirements for Funding

LEAs receiving an allocation greater than $30,000 are required to set aside a minimum of 20% of the allocation for programs and services under both Well Rounded Education and Safe/Healthy Schools as well as something (greater than $0) under Effective Use of Technology.

Special Rule: An LEA may not spend more than 15% of the amount set aside in Effective Use of Technology for "infrastructure" which is defined in ESSA to include computing devices.

LEAs receiving an allocation greater than $30,000 are also required to target the use of Title IV funding based on the results of a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) that considers data related to the three targeted areas (Well Rounded Education, Safe/Healthy Schools and Effective Use of Technology).

(Note: Funds transferred into Title IV from Title II using the transferability authority available in ESSA must be included in the overall total amount available for Title IV and may cause an LEA to qualify for the mandatory set asides, even though their Title IV allocation is less than $30,000.)

Eligible Entities and/or Partners

School Districts, Charter Schools, and Intermediate Units. Nonpublic schools located within the boundaries of participating LEAs may be eligible for services (Equitable Services provisions in Title VIII of ESSA apply.)


USDE Nonregulatory Guidance for Title IV

PDE Bureau/Agency Responsible: Division of Federal Programs