Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Update On D.C. College Grant Program 

John Files of the New York Times documents the popularity of the program passed by Congress in 1999 which provides D.C. high school graduates with tuition assistance to attend mostly public colleges and those that are historically black schools outside of the nation's capital. The grant is equal to the difference in cost of the school compared to going to the University of the District of Columbia and is capped at $10,000 per year. Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) was the one behind this effort.

This year 5,000 students took advantage of the grant with Congress kicking in about $33 million. Participants chose colleges in 45 states. Despite the success of this program some legislators are saying that it is too expensive.

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