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The College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG) is a federally funded formula grant (CFDA Number: 84.378A) designed to promote partnerships between federal, state, and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The US Department of Education (USDoE) provides CACG grants to states to meet the needs of underrepresented students and families, with priority to those living at or below the poverty line (as authorized under Section 781 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; 20 USC 1141). The USDoE has authorized the following activities for the CACG program:
  • Provide information to students and families regarding postsecondary education and career preparation;
  • Promote financial literacy and debt management;
  • Conduct outreach activities;
  • Assist students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA);
  • Provide need-based grant aid;
  • Conduct professional development for guidance counselors at middle and secondary schools, financial aid administrators, and college admissions counselors; and
  • Offer student loan cancellation or repayment or interest rate reductions for borrowers who are employed in a high-need geographical area or a high-need profession (funds cannot be used to promote any lender's loans). 
Since 2008, the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education (SDDoE-OIE) has administered the South Dakota College Access Challenge grant (SDCAC). Due to the three-year success of SDCAC and established relationships with other federally funded education programs (e.g., the South Dakota State GEAR UP grant), the Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, has again designated the SDDoE-OIE as the administering agency for the SDCAC program. SDCAC will focus on the following five authorized activities:
  1. Provide information to students and families on post-secondary education benefits, opportunities, planning and career preparation;
  2. Conduct outreach activities for students who may be at risk of not enrolling in or completing college;
  3. Assist students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  4. Implement professional development for guidance counselors at secondary schools to improve their capacity to assist students and parents; and
  5. Offer need-based grant aid to students.
 SDCAC will offer these services to 9-12th grade students who attend 32 South Dakota high schools. These schools are:
  • Andes Central High School, Lake Andes, Yankton Reservation (Charles Mix County)
  • Bennett County High School, Martin, (Bennett County)
  • Burke High School, Burke (
  • Central High School, Rapid City, (Pennington County)
  • Chamberlain High School, Chamberlain, (Brule County)
  • Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School (HS), Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River Reservation (Dewey County)
  • Colome High School, Colome, (Tripp County)
  • Crazy Horse School (HS), Wanblee, Pine Ridge Reservation (Jackson County)
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribal High School (HS), Stephan, Crow Creek Reservation (Buffalo County)
  • Dupree High School, Dupree (
  • Faith High School, Faith, (Meade County)
  • Flandreau High School, Flandreau, (Moody County)
  • Hill City High School, Hill City, (Pennington County)
  • Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs, (Custer County)
  • Kadoka Area High School, Kadoka, (Jackson County)
  • Little Wound Day School (HS), Kyle, Pine Ridge Reservation (Shannon County)
  • Lower Brule Day School (HS), Lower Brule, Lower Brule Reservation (Lyman County)
  • Lyman High School, Presho, (Lyman County)
  • Marty Indian School (HS), Marty, Yankton Reservation (Charles Mix County)
  • McIntosh High School, McIntosh (
  • Mobridge High School, Mobridge, (Walworth County)
  • Oelrichs High School, Oelrichs, (Fall River County)
  • Pine Ridge School (HS), Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Reservation (Shannon County)
  • Red Cloud High School, Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Reservation (Shannon County)
  • Sisseton High School, Sisseton, Lake Traverse Reservation (Roberts County)
  • South Central, Bonesteel (
  • St. Francis Indian School (HS), St. Francis, Rosebud Reservation (Todd County)
  • Stanley County High School, Ft. Pierre, (Stanley County)
  • T F Riggs High School, Pierre, (Hughes County)
  • Takini (HS), Howes, (Meade County)
  • Tiospaye Topa School (HS), Ridgeview, Cheyenne River Reservation (Dewey County)
  • Tiospaya Zina,
  • Todd County High School, Mission, Rosebud Reservation (Todd County)
  • Wakpala High School, Wakpala, Standing Rock Reservation (Corson County)
  • Waubay High School, Waubay, (Day County)
  • Winner High School, Winner, (Tripp County)