As my colleague Daniel de Vise reported yesterday, the extremely popular and successful D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program, rumored to be on the chopping block during federal budget negotiations, remains intact.
Another federally funded college assistance program was not so lucky, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is trying to find local dollars to help more than 1,500 students who were set to receive aid.
The Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships program, aka LEAP, was actually cut by Congress as part of an earlier budget stopgap. LEAP provides federal money to be matched by states on a dollar-to-dollar basis to provide scholarships to low-income residents. TAG, on the other hand,
has no income restrictions is limited to applicants whose taxable income does not exceed $1 million yearly.
Kenneth Howard, an administrator in the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, said that the federal government was set to provide about $500,000 this year toward those scholarships, which offer up to $950 per year to qualifying students.
With the feds pulling out, Howard said that the Gray administration is looking for solutions to keep funding alive. A final announcement could come later this week, he said.
“Things were looking bad, but they’re starting to turn around,” Howard said.