- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A technical error by Michigan State University staff has cost the school nearly $480,000 and means an end to a longstanding college preparation program for Lansing High School students.

Federal officials rejected the university’s request to renew its Upward Bound program grant in February, saying a description of the program was mistakenly not included in the request, the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/2oaYyes ) reported.

That leaves a shortfall equal to 80 percent of the Upward Bound office’s budget of about $600,000, according to Sekhar Chivukula, the university’s undergraduate assistant provost.

Upward Bound, which provides nearly $480,000 in federal funding per year, was created to give low-income, first-generation college students or individuals with disabilities opportunities to further their education.

The program has been used for more than half a century to annually give about 100 public high school students in Lansing the opportunity to receive tutoring and help with federal loan forms and campus visits.

“This is a very sad and unfortunate incident,” Chivukula said, noting that the university will need to wait five years to request a grant again. “We remain committed to partnering with the Lansing School District and to do our part as a member of the community.”

The program will shut down on May 31, but Chivukula said the remaining 102 students will continue to receive some college preparation help. The types of services those students will receive is still up for discussion.

“The program has had a huge effect on a lot of different students. It opens doors to education that wouldn’t be opened otherwise,” program graduate Tyrell Warren-Buffett said. “For students, having a support system like Upward Bound is important.”

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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