- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Western Michigan University is getting $3.22 million from the U.S. Department of Education for a program to increase the graduate rate for students who come from low-income families or from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Kalamazoo-based university announced the grant Tuesday. The federal agency says it’s awarding $75 million to 24 colleges and universities.

Western Michigan says the program grows out of the Kalamazoo Promise. That nine-year-old effort provides four years’ tuition and fees at any Michigan public university or at 15 private colleges for graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

The university says in a statement that the goal of the four-year project is to create and test programs “that can tackle the problem of low rates of degree completion.”

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Online:

Western Michigan announcement: https://bit.ly/YOccXU

Federal program details: https://1.usa.gov/1ByWOv9


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