Federal Funding

The U.S. Department of Education has developed a range of funding opportunities that support readiness programs.

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State Funding

Some states have made substantial state-level commitments toward college, career, and life readiness.

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Increase your capacity to prepare students for career, college, and life

Naviance software and professional services are eligible for state and federal grants to help your school or district jump-start and grow your college, career, and life readiness program.

Federal and state funding is designed to make sure all students have equal access to high-quality education and graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Funding programs promote educational innovation, digital learning, and readiness competencies that are core to the Naviance CCLR framework.

There are many ways to apply government funding opportunities to your use of Naviance.

Student success

Naviance helps you demonstrate progress toward student success goals, such as academic achievement, career and technical education, social emotional learning, and more.

Effective use of technology

Naviance improves digital literacy skills to prepare students for college and the workforce. It supports new models for providing remote education and virtual school counseling.

Professional development

Naviance helps counselors and educators expand their skills to more effectively support students and make the transition to virtual counseling and distance or hybrid learning.

Federal Funding

Title I: Overview

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the largest federal-based funding program for elementary and secondary education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the sixth reauthorization of ESEA.

The purpose of Title I funding is to ensure all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

Using Title I Funding for Naviance

Naviance helps schools provide all students with comprehensive instruction related to social emotional learning, interpersonal skills, academic skills, college and career knowledge, and transition skills. This helps close the equity gap and ensure all students have the resources they need to be successful in the future.

Many Title I-eligible students are the first in their family to attend college; they and their families benefit greatly from college readiness support offered via Naviance.

Funding Distribution

Title I provides funding to schools serving a high concentration of students from low-income families.

Grants are distributed based on the number of low-income students within a district. For schools with low-income students totaling more than 40 percent of their population, funds can be used for schoolwide programs. For schools with fewer than 40 percent of low-income students, funds are part of the targeted assistance program.

Title II: Overview

Title II grants are designed to improve academic performance by increasing the number of highly qualified principals and teachers. Title II encompasses teacher and principal training and recruiting, science and math partnerships, innovation for teacher quality, and enhancing educational strategies through technology.

Using Title II Funding for Naviance

Title II programs provide middle and high schools using Naviance with professional development support to make the most of their implementation.

Professional development helps teachers and principals work effectively with school counselors, students, and families to set and achieve readiness objectives.

Funding Distribution

Like Title I grants, Title II funding is based on the percentage of students from low-income backgrounds within a district. State education agencies distribute funding they receive from the federal government to local education agencies.

Title IV: Overview

Title IV encompasses a number of grants designed to bring schools into the 21st century by improving academic skills, integrating social-emotional learning, increasing family engagement, and providing counseling services.

  • Part A of Title IV provides a block grant to improve academic achievement by ensuring all students have access to a well-rounded education, improving school conditions, and increasing digital literacy.
  • Part B of Title IV provides funding for after-school and summer programs to serve students in low-performing schools. Activities conducted through this grant provide counseling programs and supports to help students plan ahead and stay on track with their coursework.
Using Title IV Funding for Naviance

Title IV funding can help you leverage the Naviance curriculum and toolset to improve students’ key readiness competencies, such as social-emotional learning and academic planning.

In addition, it can help you increase student and family engagement in the college search and career readiness activities.

Funding Distribution

Funding is allocated to states, which then distribute to districts and high-poverty, low-performing schools based on Title I distribution formulas.

Districts that receive more than $30,000 in funding under Title IV, Part A must spend at least 20% of funds on activities to support a well-rounded education, 20 percent on activities that support safe and healthy students, and a portion on effective use of technology.

Perkins V: Overview

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is the primary source of funding for career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. It was reauthorized as “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” in 2018.

Using Perkins Funding for Naviance

Naviance supports the objectives of Perkins funding by facilitating career exploration with assessments, tools, and career profiles. With Naviance, students understand the secondary courses and post-secondary training they need to attain their career-related goals.

Funding Distribution

Perkins funding is allocated based on Title I funding formulas and divided among higher education and secondary/middle school recipients.

GEAR UP: Overview

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a six-year federal grant that provides early intervention for low-income students in middle and high school. It’s designed to close the equity gap and increase college attendance and college success.

Using GEAR UP Funding for Naviance

Naviance supports the college planning process as well as postsecondary attainment by helping students plan how they will apply to and pay for college and by building the transition and persistence skills they need for college success.

Funding Distribution

Each summer the U.S. Department of Education posts an invitation for applications for new awards. To be eligible, a minimum of 50% of students in a school must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program.

CARES: Overview

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a variety of funding channels to help schools address the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Education Stabilization Fund provides funding to navigate the transition to distance learning and ensure educational access and delivery.
  • Rethink K12 Education Models Grant is a competitive grant that supports new models for remote education.
  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund prioritizes states with higher rates of COVID-19 cases per capita, students from low-income backgrounds, broadband inequality, and rural schools.
  • Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund provides funding to K-12 schools as a flexible discretionary fund. Recipients may decide how to best apply grant funding to their teaching and learning goals.
Using CARES Act Funding for Naviance

The CARES Act allows schools to purchase educational technology and expertise that aids in substantive interaction between students and instructors.

Since CCLR-related activities are most often delivered in counseling offices and via classroom visits, funding is available to support the move to online counseling, academic planning, and other CCLR-related experiences that shift to a virtual setting.

Funding Distribution

Based on Title I formulas, schools are provided with funds through their state education agencies.

State-led funding initiatives

Many states are taking an active role in ensuring students develop higher-order skills to think critically, solve real-world problems, and be successful in the 21st century.

In addition to distributing federal funding to local districts and schools, many states have developed state-based funding programs to support readiness goals.

State programs ensure that higher standards are implemented for all students and that educators are supported in transitioning to new standards and educational models.

Readiness Programs

At least 44 states have developed CCR definitions that outline the knowledge, skills, and experiences that students must have to be prepared for college and career after high school.

Individualized Learning Plans (ILP)

Many states have adopted policies that require all middle and/or high school students to develop and maintain an ILP to plan for their coursework and reflect their college and career goals.

Key States with Funding Initiatives

Many states have outlined funding opportunities and requirements directly related to CCLR objectives.

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Alabama’s PLAN 2020 is designed to prepare students to succeed in high school as well as prepare for their college or career paths after graduation. All students are required to enter 9th grade with a four-year plan that addresses their individual academic and career goals.

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Alaska mandates Personal Learning and Career Plans (PLCP) for students in grades six through 12 to plan academic, technical, and experiential learning that supports their career goals.

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Arizona’s Education Career Action Plan requires schools to develop plans with students and families that include college, career, and life readiness activities throughout grades 9 through 12. These plans incorporate student goals and activities into a student-centric portfolio to help them plan for life after high school.


The California College and Career Readiness Calculation measures the progress school districts are making toward preparing all students for post secondary success. Indicators measured include: CTE pathway completion, grade 11 assessments in ELA and math, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate Exams, College credit courses, A-G completion, state seal of biliteracy, and military science/leadership.

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Colorado's Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) allows students to explore their strengths and aspirations and create a comprehensive plan related to their post-secondary goals.

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Connecticut’s Student Success Plan is a student-led plan to assess needs and interests and help students achieve post-secondary educational and career goals.

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Under the Delaware Student Success Plan, districts are required to have a plan of targeted supports, activities, experiences, and lessons that every student in grades 8 through 12 will experience. Every year, districts must submit a Post-Secondary Advisement Plan to the state for approval.

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District of Columbia

The District of Columbia's Individual Graduation Plan helps students chart a path toward graduation, including identifying the courses, skills, and experiences they'll need to be on track for further education and career opportunities.

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The Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant provides funding for establishment or expansion of apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs. The state of Florida has allocated nearly $3 million to Phase Two of this project, which is open to schools, districts, college systems, and charter schools.

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Georgia offers School Improvement Grants to recipients identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), and CSI Promise schools.

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Hawaii's Personal Transition Plan is a pathway to post secondary success. Students, parents and educators all have a role in the PTP. Primary elements of the PTP include: goal attainment, identification of available resources, evidence, to support the plan of action taken, and self-evaluation. As part of the PTP, career and technical education benchmarks are provided by grade level (grades 9-11) and incorporate analyzing career choices, developing a career portfolio, crafting a personal statement, and completing a post secondary plan.


The Idaho Board of Education lays out minimum requirements for graduation. Designed to "ensure all Idaho students are prepared to live, work, and succeed in the 21st century," these requirements include: Three years of math, three years of science, completion of a senior project, and completion of the ACT or SAT by the end of 11th grade.


The Illinois Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act lays out four strategies to help students work toward their future goals. The plan includes: post secondary and career expectations framework, piloting competency-based high school graduation requirements, supporting students to influence student success, and creating new systems for districts to award pathway endorsements. The Illinois State Board of Education also lays out college and career ready indicators, that include GPA minimums, test scores, and course indicators as well as career development experience, dual credit, and community service recommendations.

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Every student in Michigan is required to create an educational development plan to develop a plan to reach their career goals. EDPs must include specific elements: Personal information, career goals, educational/training tools, and assesment results. The Michigan EDP includes a parent consultation piece and a requirement for students to understand career opportunities.

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North Carolina

Digital Learning Initiative Grants support schools and districts planning personalized learning initiatives. Priority for these grants is given to districts and schools aligning work to the Four Pillars of the Learner Profile, the North Carolina Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers or Administrators, and Digital Learning Standards for Students. Up to $50,000 is available for public school districts and $15,000 for charter schools.


The Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards are part of required education for all students in Pennsylvania. The standards outline four areas of knowledge: Career Awareness and Preparation; Career Acquisition; Career Retention and Advancement; and Entrepreneurship.

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Tennessee's GIVE Act is designed to address the skills gap in local workforce. The GIVE program aligns workforce and education partners to: Expand academic programs that create pathways from secondary to postsecodary opportunities; develop work based learning experiences; and provide certifications based on workforce needs.

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Districts across Texas are looking for ways to support college, career and military (CCMR) readiness for all students. Rather than a piecemeal approach, bring everything together in one proven solution.

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College, Career, and Life Readiness Framework®

Naviance’s research-backed framework for college, career, and life readiness builds the mindsets and skillsets your students need for postsecondary success.

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