Nebraska Scholarship Program Scrambles For Funding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Officials say the loss of federal funding could jeopardize a program that pays tuition and fees for low-income high school students taking college-credit courses in Nebraska.

The Access College Early program was authorized by state lawmakers in 2007. It pays college tuition and fees through scholarships to students who qualify.

About $285,000 in federal money is expected to disappear for the program. The Nebraska Coordinating Commission says if the funding isn't renewed or a replacement funding source isn't secured, as many as 1,000 high school students would lose their scholarships. It leaves the state agency to find another way to support the program.

The organization has approved an initiative that asks the state legislature to fully fund the program.

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