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USF receives federal grants to help migrant students

TAMPA -- The University of South Florida will receive a total of $802,777 from two programs to help migrant students, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.

USF is the only institution in Florida to receive the funds, which come from two programs.

The federal High School Equivalency Program (HEP) will provide USF with $400,406 to help migrant students earn the equivalent of a high school diploma so they can go on to work or pursue a postsecondary education.

The program serves about 7,000 students a year. It targets migratory or seasonal farm workers, or the children of such workers, who are 16 or older and not currently enrolled in school. It provides services such as counseling, job placement, health care and housing for residential students. USF's grant from HEP was one of 16 totalling more than $7.1 million announced Thursday. The money will go to educational institutions in 11 states.

USF will receive another $402,371 from the federal College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP, to help migrant students enter and succeed in college.

The CAMP program seeks to support migrant students during their first year of undergraduate studies and serves about 2,000 students annually. Federal education officials said more than $5.3 million was awarded in 13 grants to colleges and universities in nine states.

To be eligible for federal student aid, students must be U.S. citizens or be eligible noncitizens, according to the Department of Education. Eligible noncitizens include U.S. nationals, such as natives of American Samoa, and permanent residents with a green card. Students are not eligible for federal student aid if they are in the United States on an F1 or F2 student visa, on an exchange visitor visa or if they have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence.

To learn more about either program, visit the Web site of the federal Office of Migrant Education,

-- Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:28am]


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