Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)


What is Student Support and Academic Enrichment?

The purpose of Student Support and Academic Enrichment is to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of state and local educational agencies in the following areas by:

  • providing all students with access to a well-rounded education,
  • improving school conditions for student learnings to support safe and healthy students, and
  • improving the use of technology in order to advance digital literacy of all students.

Florida Department of Education's (FDOE) Role

  • FDOE manages the federal mandated funds, approves sub-grants to LEAs, and supports the services and activities developed with the allocated funds.
  • FDOE is responsible for ensuring equitable access to an excellent education for all Florida students through the Title IV-Part A program.
  • FDOE awards sub-grants to school districts by formula in the same proportion to their prior year districts Title I, Part A allocations.
  • FDOE is responsible for developing the application that school districts must submit to receive their Title IV-Part A funds.

School Districts Requirements

  • School Districts must complete and submit the FDOE Request for Application (RFA) to receive their program allocation from FDOE.
  • Districts must provide equitable services for private schools.
  • Districts receiving $30,000 or More MUST:
    • Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on three content areas:
      • Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities;
      • Safe and Healthy Conditions; and
      • Effective Use of Technology
  • Districts receiving less than $30,000:
    • Comprehensive needs assessment is not required
    • Only required to focus on one of the component areas: well-rounded, safe and healthy, and technology.

Funding Allocations

  • Districts receiving $30,000 or More must use:
    • At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities;
    • At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support safe and healthy students; and
    • A portion of funds for activities to support effective use of technology.
  • A Special Rule to support the effective use of technology component:
    • No more than 15 percent of technology funds may be used to purchase technology infrastructure such as: devices, equipment, software applications, platforms, digital instructional resources and/or other one-time IT purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions

US Department of Education Title IV, Part A Federal Guidance and Resources

Resources

Contact Information

Michelle L. Gaines, Director
Title IV - Part A
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
Office of Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444D
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400