Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)


School Choice and Improvement Programs

Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What’s New

The FY 2023 MSAP Competition is now closed. To learn more about MSAP, please see our MSAP Brochure and visit the FY 2023 Competition page to learn more about how to apply in the future.

Purpose of MSAP

The Magnet Schools Assistance Program provides grants to eligible local education agencies to establish and operate magnet schools, with special curricula, to attract a diverse group of students and desegregate public schools.  

As authorized by Congress in Title IV, Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, the purpose of MSAP is to:

assist in the desegregation of schools served by local educational agencies by providing financial assistance to eligible local educational agencies for—​

  1.  the elimination, reduction, or prevention of minority group isolation in schools with substantial proportions of minority students​
  2.  magnet school programs that assist LEAs in achieving systemic reforms and providing all students the opportunity to meet challenging State academic standards;​​
  3.  innovative educational methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choices in public educational programs;​​
  4.  courses of instruction within magnet schools that strengthen knowledge of academic subjects and attainment of tangible skills; ​​
  5.  improving capacity to continue operating magnet schools at a high-performance level after Federal funding; and​​
  6.  ensuring that all students in the magnet schools have equitable access to high quality education to succeed.​

Contact Information

  • Gillian Cohen-Boyer
    Magnet Schools Assistance Program
    Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington D.C. 20202