Missouri getting part of $15 million in education grants

Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 7:13 a.m. CDT; updated 12:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 30, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — An education foundation is awarding grants to help adults in Missouri and other states complete college degrees.

The Indiana-based Lumina Foundation is awarding nearly $15 million in grants to various education programs.

These grants include $1.3 million for a program run by the Institute for Higher Education to help adults complete their associate degrees. Missouri and five other states are participating in this program.

Foundation officials say the money will help identify policies that make it harder for people to get their associate degrees. For example, they say some people have completed coursework but not  received degrees because of unpaid library fines.

Schools also will be encouraged to examine data and reach out to students who have completed most requirements.


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