Three colleges in the region will receive more than $870,000 in funding to increase college retention and graduation rates.
Utica College, Binghamton College were both awarded just under $262,000, while Cazenovia College received a little more than $350,000.
The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services program, is meant to help students meet the requirements to successfully complete their college education.
“A college education is a critical resource to ensuring our young men and women have the skills they need to compete in a 21st century global economy,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer. “For many students, however, there are simply too many obstacles standing in the way of obtaining that diploma, and these federal funds will help clear those obstacles by enabling these institutions of higher learning to expand its programs focusing on financial literacy, career counseling, peer mentoring, tutoring and more.”
The grants are awarded annually, but each college has five years to use the funds.