- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Some St. Landry Parish high school students who wish to enter health or sciences professions and take college courses ahead of graduation could soon have access to federal grants to cover the cost. That’s according to a new dual enrollment program announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Education selected LSU-Eunice as one of 44 postsecondary institutions nationwide to participate in the experimental program.

About $20 million in Federal Pell Grants will be available to low-income high school students in 23 states, a Department of Education news release says. Most of the participating schools are two-year colleges.

LSU-Eunice spokesman Van Reed said the program will be rolled out in time for the 2016-17 school year.


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