The PHSC College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is a state-sponsored educational program established by the legislature to increase the number of low income educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6-12 who, upon high school graduation, are admitted to and successfully complete postsecondary education. The PHSC CROP program serves students in both Hernando and Pasco counties.

CROP is a grant program funded by the Department of Education (DOE) through the Office of Postsecondary Education Coordination.

Qualifications for enrollment

The program targets first generation college students who have the desire to attend a post-secondary institution upon graduation from high school. Students must meet economic and academic qualifiers. Students also must meet a minimum of one criterion, preferably two, under both guidelines. All guidelines refer to the year immediately prior to the student’s initial year of participation in CROP.

Academic guidelines

  • First time in college student
  • Low FSA scores
  • Low grade point average (GPA)
  • and others

Economic guidelines

  • Received reduced or free lunch
  • Low-income
  • Participated in WAGES Program
  • Received public assistance


PHSC CROP students participate in Super Saturdays that consist of  academic and cultural enrichment activities.  Parent meetings are held during some Super Saturday classes.  Some of the activities include financial aid, admission, and personal development workshops, math and communication enrichment, and preparation for tutoring, college residential visit, Summer Academy, annual college retreat and tour and field trips.

Cost and application

CROP is a free program, all you have to do is complete an application and meet the criteria listed above.