Sunday, April 30, 2017

Penn students and administrators express worry for budget cuts to college preparation programs - Brian Zhong, Daily Pennsylvanian

From test preparation classes to meetings with higher education counselors, high school students from low-income backgrounds don’t always get access to the resources that their peers do. This has been mitigated in recent years through federally funded programs, although the recent White House budget may change this. Under the proposed federal budget, TRIO — a consortium of programs that includes Upward Bound and Student Support Services — would have its budget slashed by 10 percent . Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — a state and partnership grant program for public schools in low-income neighborhoods — would lose one third of its federal funding. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said reductions in funding would diminish the after-school and summer opportunities that equip low-income high school students with the skills and knowledge to apply to and attend college.

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