Through the "Credit When It's Due" initiative, USA Funds, the Kresge, Helios, Lumina, and Gates foundations announced grants to organizations in 12 states last year to ensure that transferring students have at least an associate's degree as they work toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. The grants ranged between $434,000 and $610,000.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $1 million to help with the planning process for CUNY's New Community College, the first new campus for CUNY in forty years, focused on giving first-generation college student degrees.
Much to the surprise of faculty and students alike, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pulled a grant designed to help students in community colleges complete their degrees from the Lone Star College System in Texas. The system was scheduled to receive $5.3 million for a program called Completion by Design, but received less than a million of the promised funds.