Alcorn State University Gets Support Funding for At-Risk Students
by Stevie at Politics 365 Blog
College students know all too well the importance of grant funding to pay for school. Now, there are funds available to colleges and universities to provide needed academic and institutional help to support students once they reach the classroom.
Alcorn State University, near Lorman, Mississippi, received just over $340,000 of federal funding to provide a range of support services to specific groups of its students. The university is nationally-recognized as an Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
Included in the grant funding, Alcorn State is providing academic assistance to low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled students. The goal is to increase their student retention and, ultimately, graduation rates. Students are also receiving help as they transfer to the university from two-year colleges. The Student Support Services program is playing a key role as an on-campus anchor for these specific groups.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat and former educator, was proud to announce the federal-level funding. As a voice for the region in Washington, Thompson believes that “parity in funding [of HBCUs] is vital to the existence of these institutions,” according to a statement on his House website. Two of Mississippi’s three HBCUs are in Thompson’s Second Congressional District.
The grant funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Assistance became available on September 1 and will last for five years through Alcorn State’s Student Support Services program.