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What is the College Reach-Out Program (CROP)?

The Hillsborough Community College, College Reach-Out Program is a state grant funded through the Florida Department of Education Office of Equity and Access. The CROP program is designed to increase the number or educationally and economically disadvantaged high school and middle school students who upon graduation from high school will pursue a postsecondary education.

The College Reach-Out Program serves high school and middle school students in grades 6 through 12 who are eligible for or receiving free or reduced lunch. While a participant of the College Reach-Out Program students will receive counseling, information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps potential first generation college students from families with low income to better understand their educational opportunities.

Why is CROP important?

CROP identifies and assists students from economically and academically disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in college. The program provides supplemental academic support, financial and academic counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary institution of their choice.
The program employs certified high school and middle school teachers to provide instruction to students on one of HCC’s campuses during the Summer Academic Enrichment Program and the Saturday Enrichment Program during the school year.

Who should apply?

Students must be in the 6-12 grade.

100% of the participants must be students who meet the economic and academic eligibility criteria as defined by the Florida Department of Education.

Students must attend a school in Hillsborough County.

If interested in applying, please submit
a completed CROP application form along with corresponding documentation. (please see below)

Required Documentation to be submitted with completed application

  • A copy of the most recent report card or transcript
  • A copy of the birth certificate
  • A copy of the student’s social security card
  • Free/Reduce lunch letter