Scholarships increase for institutions serving minorities and students in need |
New programs will help improve equity from college to graduate school.
Institutions serving minorities and low-income students, which have historically been underfunded, underfunded and undervalued, continue to receive strong support from the Biden administration.
The Post-Secondary Education Office reports that by the end of September, $ 2.6 billion and over 5,100 grants will have been awarded to colleges, universities and the millions of people who attend them. Many of these approved projects will help MSIs and serve students in need, helping to improve access and career paths. More than 300 scholarships alone are awarded in FY2021 to ensure financial stability and learning environments at institutions that serve Black, Latino, Native American and Asian American and Pacific Islander students.
âThanks to these federal grants, the department continues its mission of expanding access to opportunities at all levels of our education system, âsaid US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona during a visit to Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Michigan as part of of the Back to school roadmap. âThese grants serve a variety of purposes, from improving the preparation of students for post-secondary education to building the capacity of colleges. While each of these programs is unique, together they share the important goal of advancing equity in education and helping every student with dreams and determination to achieve their potential.
These grants are in addition to the nearly $ 40 billion in emergency scholarships awarded to colleges and universities under the American Rescue Plan Act. Historically, black colleges and universities have received $ 500 million this year, while institutions serving minorities ($ 300 million) and tribal-controlled colleges and universities ($ 65 million) have received significant infusions. of the ministry.
In its new version, ED said a series of scholarships would help students move from âcollege to high school,â including more than:
- $ 1 billion under TRIO programs to help low-income, first-generation, and disabled students enter high school through graduate programs.
- $ 360 million to improve outcomes for low-income students whose states and organizations participate in Early awareness and preparation for undergraduate programs (GEAR UP), as well as over $ 20 million to those of Support for graduates in areas of national need program.
- $ 22 million for access to child care is parents in schools.
- $ 10 million to students with developmental disabilities through the Transition Programs for Students with Developmental Disabilities and the National Technical Assistance Coordination Center.
- $ 13 million to institutions to support the success of veteran students through open educational resources.
“With the support of historically underfunded institutions and funding programs focused on college readiness and post-secondary success, the Department is doubling its goal of resilience, equitable recovery and ensuring that colleges and universities in our country can rebuild better, âsaid ED. in a report.
In addition to these grants, the administration spends more than $ 75 million on initiatives that keep America competitive, such as multilingual communication, cultural engagement, and other global business ventures that can contribute to diplomatic relations and the national security.