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Cuomo annouces $6.7 million college grant

Albany, N.Y.--Low-income students who have been traditionally and historically underrepresented on college campuses have a reason to celebrate. Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a $6.7 million federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) has been awarded to New York State in order to increase college enrollment.

New York State is continuing to provide critical tutoring and assistance to help low-income students to get into college and realize greater opportunity for their future, Cuomo said in a statement. Over the last five years, this funding has helped ensure that the dream of higher education is available to all New York Students.

New York is a national leader for higher education, and the state is a top destination for first time freshman nationwide. New York also provides $1 billion in grants through the states Tuition Assistance Program.

Together with the New York State higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the U.S. Department of Education will administer the new grant. In the last two years, the funds awarded from the College Access Challenge Grant have provided services to 124,000 New Yorkers.

Over the past five years, CACG awards have been distributed much of the grant funds through a competitive statewide process to schools, nonprofit agencies, and community-based organizations. They will continue that process with the new grant funds.

Its important that we create higher education opportunities so that every child recognizes college as a possibility thats available to them, said Elsa Magee, acting president of HESC. This new CACG funding will allow HESC to continue to offer services directed to low-income, underrepresented, and/or at-risk students in primarily urban and rural communities.

More information about the goals of the College Access Challenge Grant can be found at:

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