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New Bill May Increase Scholarships, Reduce Educational Obstacles

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

A new bill signed by President Bush is designed to reconstruct our nation's higher education system by removing some of the obstacles.

College is expensive and being able to afford it is just one of the issues the bill is supposed to address.

“I think it's mostly because of money because their parents don't have it. They don't have it and it's harder to get loans now; you don't have any credit,” says Edith Smith, a college student.

College officials, though, say education is priceless.

“Big Sandy - and of course us and Alice Lloyd College and Berea and others - all of us are here to help people understand the value of education,” says Hal Smith of Pikeville College.

The new bill is allowing students to get the Pell Grant Scholarship Aid year round helping more people to be the first ones in their family to go to college.

“I'm the first one in my family to go, and I just want to be a role model to my little sister,” says Edith Smith.

Smith says another part of the bill will target college readiness programs and strengthening them so low-income and first generation students can have an easier time pursuing a college education.

In addition, the Higher Education Opportunity Act will increase College Aid and support programs for veterans and military families provide support services and for colleges, students with disability and other families.

And this will help students like Travis Fugate, an Iraqi War Veteran, injured while serving.

“Education to me personally is important because I’m a visually impaired person; normal employment is going to be much harder. I can't just go hop in a coal truck,” says Fugate.

Part of the bill will also simplify the student aid application profess making it easier to navigate.


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