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Neal announces federal grants for AIC and STFF

August 8, 2010
Press Release

More than $500,000 from U.S. Department of Education


(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded American International College and Springfield Technical Community College more than $500,000 in federal grants. Under the DOE’s Student Support Services Program, AIC will receive approximately $238,427 and STCC will be awarded $279,346. It is anticipated that both grants will be used for a total of five years.

“If the United States is going to remain competitive in the global economy, higher education must be more accessible for every American looking to earn a college degree. During these uncertain economic times, these grants will help AIC and STCC education and train the next generation so they can succeed in the workplace. Today’s announcement demonstrates continued investment in both our nation’s youth, and our future,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

The purpose of the Student Support Service Program (SSS) is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first generation or disabled college students to increase their retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities.

SSS Program participants must be low-income, first generation or disabled college students. All students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of post-secondary education at an institution of higher education. In addition, low-income students who are first generation college students and students with disabilities must have determined to have academic need.

Program services may include: 1. instruction in basic study skills; 2. tutorial services; 2. academic, financial, or personal counseling; 4. assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions; 5. assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs; 6. guidance on career options; 7. mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency and; 8. grant aid.

Authority for this program is contained in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education or combinations of institutions of higher education.

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