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Arkansas Tech Awarded Up To $2M in Aid for Students With Children

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Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has received a federal grant that could provide up to $2 million in assistance for students with children.

A cohort of 50 Pell Grant-eligible students who have children will be selected each year of the grant to receive funding for child care at daycare facilities partnering with Arkansas Tech, the school announced.

The grant is $514,478 per year. If fully funded for the period specified in the grant, total funding for ATU students over the next four years will be $2,057,912.

It’s the second time that ATU has been selected for the grant, which is provided through the U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School program. Goals for the program include a 45% percent graduation rate among ATU students receiving assistance.

“Providing students with access to higher education and the resources necessary to succeed are integral to the mission of Arkansas Tech University,” Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, said in a news release. “The continuation of this grant will support our institutional goals of increased retention and graduation rates.

“On behalf of the students who will benefit from the grant funds, I extend my sincere appreciation to members of our congressional
delegation for their support of our application. This funding will make a genuine difference in the lives of students who are working hard and applying their grit to create a brighter future for their families.”

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