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Senate panel approves bill for Native student grants

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on September 8 approved a bill that authorizes federal grants for non-tribal schools with an enrollment of at least 10 percent Native American students.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) wrote the provision as part of the Higher Education Act of 2005. He said it clears up a disparity that authorized grants for schools with high Hispanic and African-American student populations.

If approved, eligible schools can apply to the Department of Education for a competitive grant of at least $200,000 to support their curriculum development and academic instruction, faculty development, the purchase of books and other educational materials, and support academic tutoring and counseling.

Get the Story:
Provision would help schools in Four Corners area (The Farmington Daily Times 9/13)

Get the Bill:
Higher Education Act of 2005 (S.1614)