Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE

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Washington UPDATE.

by Charles Dervarics

Applications Sought Under Hispanic Education Program

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applications this month from colleges and universities that will request funding under the new federal aid program for Hispanic-serving institutions.

The department recently announced plans for upcoming grant awards under the program. Congress set aside $12 million for these institutions in fiscal 1995 under a new section of the Higher Education Act.

Colleges and universities can apply for grants under this program if they have an undergraduate student body that is 25 percent or more Hispanic. Applicants also must meet other general requirements, such as a high enrollment of needy students.

Institutions can meet the requirement for needy students through several routes, the department said. One way to qualify is if at least 50 percent of an institution's degree students received financial aid from at least one of these programs: Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, college work-study or Perkins Loans.

Applications for new awards became available Dec. 21, with a deadline of Jan 23.

For more information, see the Dec. 6 Federal Register, p. 62964, or contact: Strengthening Institutions Program Branch, Division of Institutional Development, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Ave. SW, Room 3042 ROB-3, Washington, DC 20202-5335; (202) 708-8839.

GOP Contract Could Hurt 5 Million Children

The House Republicans' Contract with America could deny needed public services to 5 million disadvantaged children, a Washington, DC, research group contends.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said the contract, if approved, also would curtail or eliminate aid to about 2.5 million needy families. The center based its information on cuts in public assistance, nutrition, child care and other antipoverty programs as outlined in the contract's Personal Responsibility Act.

"The act begins to dismantle basic features of the safety net" for poor families, said Isaac Shapiro, the center's acting co-director.

Federal cuts would hit hardest the children born to young, unmarried mothers and poor children whose paternity is not established. Such children could lose access to welfare aid and housing benefits, the center said. …

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