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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Discuss Opportunities to Better Prepare Disadvantaged Students for College Success

On Tuesday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing entitled,“Keeping College Within Reach: Sharing Best Practices for Serving Low-income and First Generation Students.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Each year the federal government invests billions of dollars to help students prepare for higher education and manage the costs associated with earning a degree. However, more must be done at the state and institutional level to ensure low-income and first generation students have the support necessary to access and complete a postsecondary education program. 

In recent years, a number of colleges and universities have taken steps to provide enhanced support services to disadvantaged students. Some schools have implemented additional counseling programs to help students manage their coursework and degree costs. Others have strengthened data collection to better understand students’ needs and capabilities, and develop appropriate tutoring or coursework strategies to help students succeed.

As the committee continues preparing for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to explore institutional efforts to better serve low-income and first generation students, while also discussing possible policy changes to strengthen federal programs geared toward helping disadvantaged students earn a college degree. To learn more about this hearing, visit


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Dr. James Anderson
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

Mrs. Mary Beth Del Balzo
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The College of Westchester
White Plains, NY

Mr. Josse Alex Garrido
Graduate Student
University of Texas–Pan American
Edinburg, TX

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider
DePaul University
Chicago, IL 

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