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Funding for NY college tours for low-income students

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Staff writer ▼ | December 27, 2013
New York collegeGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the availability of funding for college tours to provide low-income students from across the state an opportunity to experience college first-hand and increase their interest in continuing their education beyond high school.

"Under the College Access Challenge Grant program, we are giving low-income high school students and their families the opportunity to explore colleges firsthand. These grants are an important investment in our children, allowing disadvantaged students to visit campuses and realize that a bright academic future is within their reach," Governor Cuomo said.

A visit to a college campus can significantly influence a student's motivation to continue their education beyond high school. While going on a college tours is a "rite of passage" for many high school students, the expense is often beyond the reach for low-income students and their families.

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), which administers New York's College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program, is dedicating $500,000 in CACG funds to support sub-grants of up to $45,000 for organizations that provide college tours to low-income students.

he tours are to be provided by schools, not-for-profit agencies, and community-based organizations that work directly with at-risk populations and populations that are traditionally underserved.

More than 700 low-income students participated in tours under the $250,000 summer College Tour Initiative offered through organizations such as the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. and the Grand St. Settlement in New York City.

The Binghamton City School District provided tours for 100 low-income students, who participated in overnight visits to the Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, Buffalo State College, and the University at Buffalo. Additionally, day trips took students to the SUNY colleges at Cortland, Oneonta, Delhi and Alfred; Tompkins-Cortland Community College; Alfred University; and the University at Albany.

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