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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Discuss Efforts to Improve Support for Disadvantaged College Students

On Thursday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing entitled, “Improving College Access and Completion for Low-Income and First-Generation Students.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The federal government invests in numerous programs intended to improve college access and completion for low-income and first-generation students. A number of states and institutions also provide enhanced support services for these disadvantaged students. Some schools have implemented additional counseling programs to help students manage their coursework and degree costs. Others try to assess students’ needs and provide any necessary tutoring or curricula adjustments.
As the committee continues working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Thursday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to explore institutional efforts to better serve low-income and first-generation students and discuss possible policy changes to strengthen federal programs geared toward helping these students obtain a postsecondary education.
To learn more about the hearing, visit /hearings


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Dr. Laura Perna
James S. Riepe Professor
Executive Director for the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Charles J. Alexander
Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity
Director for the Academic Advancement Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Joe May
Dallas County Community College District
Dallas, TX

Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper
Institute for Higher Education Policy
Washington, D.C.

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