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


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. It reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA is the SSAE program. The SSAE program is intended to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; safe and healthy students; and the effective use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Additional Program Information

The Title IV, Part A SSAE program is administered through Utah Grants. Applications for the new funding period will be available in Utah Grants in the fall of 2020.

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

Title IV: 21st Century Schools Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants

Title IV, Part A Statute

Application Support

Fiscal Year 2023

September 2022

Application will be available in Utah Grants

November 4, 2022

Grant Applications are due at 5 p.m.

Application Instructions

Your Local Education Agency (LEA) has funds available for Title IVA Fiscal Year 2023. Please choose the option best for your LEA to utilize these funds:

1. Complete the Title IV, Part A 2023 application along with a new needs assessment (if applicable) and submit in Utah Grants Management.

  1. Needs Assessment must be Completed Every Three Years.

2. Transfer funds from Title IVA to Title I or Title II. Your LEA will need to complete the transfer request form and return via e-mail to Jodi Parker

  1. Do Not Submit a Transfer in Utah Grants.

3. Waive the application using the following instructions

  1. Waiving Applications in UtahGrants
    Utah State Board of Education Utah Grants

Grant Applications Instructions


LEA Title Funds Transfer Request Form

The Title IV, Part A SSAE program requires financial reporting in the following three areas: safe and healthy students, well rounded educational opportunities, and effective use of technology. To ensure accurate and timely reporting, a program evaluation tracker is required for final reimbursement

Program Evaluation Tracker

Performance Measures and Outcomes


Aligning Evidence-based Clearinghouses with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Tiers of Evidence

Non-Regulatory Guidance Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
United States Department of Education

T4PA Center Addressing Exclusionary Discipline
If a Local Education Agency (LEA) expresses a need in addressing exclusionary discipline, Title IV, Part A State coordinators can use the following information to support LEAs as they conduct their needs assessment, prepare their LEA application, consider how to evaluate their effort, and/or seek additional information.

T4PA Center Evaluation Guide

Title IV, Part A LEA Needs Assessment Tool
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

Title IV, Part A Strategies that Relate to Allowable Activities
These strategy guides have been developed by Utah State Board of Education content specialists to assist LEAs in choosing high leverage strategies in each allowable activity for various content areas.

Stronger Connections Grant

On June 25, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). Through this legislation, Congress authorized $1 billion in formula funding under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to State educational agencies (SEAs) to provide students with safer and healthier learning environments. Under the BSCA, SEAs must award these funds competitively to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) to fund activities allowable under section 4108 of the ESEA

Stronger Connections Grant – High Need Definition

If you have any questions regarding the Stronger Connections Grant, please contact Etiana Coley Mells, Title IV, Part A Specialist, at (385) 295-7947 or via e-mail at eva.coleymells@schools.utah.gov.

Contact Us

Jodi Parker
Title IV, Part A Grant Coordinator/Health and Physical Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7734 | E-mail

JoAnna Sorensen
Title IV, Part A Program Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7534 | E-mail

Yanka Demireva
Financial Operations Support
Phone: (801)  538-7665 | E-mail