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Washington's Opportunity Grants Ensure More Students Succeed

Jun 10, 2009

A Washington state program that combines student financial aid and support services helps students persist in and complete college, according to preliminary data.

The program, Opportunity Grants, is aimed at increasing low-income student access to and success in earning postsecondary credentials at the associate degree level or below, including apprenticeship programs, in high-demand fields. Each year, eligible students receive tuition and fees and up to $1,000 for books and supplies. Public colleges receive $1,500 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student in the Opportunity Grant program to provide individualized student support services. Early results suggest that this package of financial aid and student success services is helping more students to persist and complete. Outcomes are especially promising for part-time students.

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