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College Assistance Migrant Program


Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program grants funds to universities and non-profit organizations that provide scholarships to underserved students. Since the targeted population is at significant risk for college drop-out, the program also includes services such as academic success workshops, mentoring, and housing assistance.

Target Population

Migrant or seasonal farm workers or their children who are currently first year college students.


To offset the cultural, academic, and financial barriers that stand between migrant farm worker families and college success. The primary focus is successful completion of the first year of college.

Program Highlights

  • The average organization award in 2008 was $404,658
  • CAMP costs approximately $7,800 per student
  • CAMP programs recruit eligible students to higher education institutions, and assist them with the application process

The Facts

43 programs nationally
Annual budget of $15,376,680 and different programs spend different amounts per student


Higher Education

  • CSU-Fresno
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Texas-El Paso and over 20 other colleges and universities



  • SER Jobs for Progress
  • Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc.


  • U.S. Department of Education

Evidence of Impact

Level 2 – CAMP participants are more likely than the national average to complete their first year of college, and enroll in the second. There is longitudinal support for the stability of this finding.
Are federal dollars bearing fruit? An analysis of the college assistance migrant program: Outlines the need for financial aid designed to serve the target population, as well as problems with the previous program evaluation. Also discusses the different budgets of program locations, and questions whether funding is always being spent appropriately. Continues with a new evaluation that statistically compares completion rates of participants with a similar control group.
Longitudinal data collection and analysis.
Replicated at 43 national locations.

Contact Information

U.S. Department of Education, OESE, Office of Migrant Education[Email Hidden - Click to View]
400 Maryland Ave, NW, Rm 3E344, FOB-6
Washington,  DC  20202

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