OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
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RSA, Programs and Projects

Formula Grant Programs

Formula grant programs are allocations of money to states or their subdivisions in accordance with a distribution formula prescribed by law or administrative regulation for activities of a continuing nature not confined to a specific project.

Discretionary Programs

Unlike a formula grant, a discretionary grant awards funds on the basis of a competitive process. RSA reviews applications in light of the legislative and regulatory requirements established for a program. This review process gives RSA discretion to determine which applications best address the program requirements and are, therefore, most worthy of funding.


To learn more about RSA—or use tools and download data—visit our Web portal at https://rsa.ed.gov or click on one of the links below.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2015