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Feds award $3.2M to university for low-income program

October 1, 2014
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A university in the region is getting $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education — for a program to increase the graduation rate for students who come from low-income families or underrepresented backgrounds.

Western Michigan University announced the grant yesterday.

The university said the goal of the four-year project is to create and test programs "that can tackle the problem of low rates of degree completion."

WMU said the program grows out of the Kalamazoo Promise. The nine-year-old effort provides four years of tuition and fees for any Michigan public university or 15 private colleges for graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

The federal agency said it's awarding $75 million to 24 colleges and universities.

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