Opportunities in New Legislation for Tribal College StudentsJul 22nd, 2015 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) has issued a statement of support for “America’s College Promise.” The organization notes that the legislation will “open new worlds of opportunity for thousands of American Indian students at tribal colleges.” Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) helped sponsor the America’s College Promise Act of 2015.
AIHEC asserts that the act will help address a huge shortfall in American Indian student financial support and the impact this has on TCUs and tribal communities. “TCUs serve some of the poorest communities in this country (seven of the 10 poorest counties in the U.S. are home to a tribal college). More than 65% of our students are first generation college students and almost 75% receive Pell grants,” notes AIHEC. “These students, their tribal communities, and the nation as a whole, will benefit tremendously from the America’s College Promise Act.”
The organization further states that it looks forward to working with Representative Scott, Senator Baldwin, and their colleagues in the House and Senate toward enactment of the legislation and “other important issues related to excellence, access, and success for all students in higher education.”