The United States Department of Education remains the leading source of college financial aid, but a myriad of alternative college funding sources should be explored by minority students pursuing post-secondary education.

Minority grants fall into two distinct categories:


  • Ethnic minority grants offer assistance based on cultural heritage. African Americans, Hispanics, and other students descended from immigrant groups qualify for ethnic grants. Native Americans are targeted by grant funding organizations that support the causes of indigenous North Americans. Asian Americans are represented by grant sources that support educational advancement among descendants of this immigrant block.

  • Non-ethnic minority grants offer need-based aid to individuals who, by virtue of physical barriers, may be disadvantaged in their pursuit of higher education. Grants for students with disabilities embrace educational advancement among individuals facing physical or cognitive challenges. Women’s grants make it possible for female students of all backgrounds to pursue educational programs and careers that have historically been dominated by men.





Obama Calls on Young People to Tell Congress 'Dont Double My Rate' for Student Loans.














Published on May 31, 2013


At a White House press conference in the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama called on young Americans to contact their Congress members in order to prevent interest rate hikes of federal student loan. If Congress doesn't act by June 31, the rates will double.
















As Virginia’s Board of Education began working this week to develop a formula for assigning letter grades to public schools, some board members said they are proceeding carefully.

The first A to F grades won’t be given until fall 2014, but a law passed by the General Assembly earlier this year required the board to come up with a formula for determining what separates the A and B schools from the D and F schools, starting this summer.

The first task is to agree on a list of measures that can be used to evaluate how much individual students learn in a given year.

These growth measures are intended to provide a more fair look at schools than end-of-year test scores, which tend to be lower for schools serving a lot of students who are learning English or who come from impoverished homes.

At its meeting Thursday, the board considered a staff recommendation with the following list of potential growth measures. The list is likely to change before board members approve it at the end of July.


Elementary schools and middle schools would be graded on one or more of the following metrics: “I do get concerned . . . once the label’s there, it’s hard to take that label off,” said board member Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.



The Jobs Of The Future Don't Require A College Degree

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Contributor 5/07/2013 @ 3:47AM

We’re all talking about the “jobs of the future” and “winning the future” and transitioning to a “knowledge economy.” Since predictions are hard, especially about the future, it’s a good idea to look at some data




All D.C. students to ride Metro buses for free starting in the fall.














By , Published: June 5


The D.C. Council decided this week as part of a broader plan to spend a windfall of $50 million in unexpected revenue.

The council also made new investments in school technology, school-based mental health and adult literacy. In addition, more infants and toddlers will have access to early childhood education, and D.C. Public Schools will get money to upgrade its student information system.


The extra dollars will also flow to non-education initiatives, including to aid senior citizens and promote the arts and moviemaking in the District.

The council improved the list of spending initiatives Wednesday only after an alternative plan, offered by council member David Catania (I-At Large), was narrowly defeated.  Catania sought to spend most of the extra money on schools by increasing the per-pupil allocation for poor children, a move he said would help close the city’s wide achievement gap. He introduced a budget amendment would have sent schools an additional $32 million, or $558 for every child who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.


The proposal touched off nearly an hour of debate. Supporters argued that the council should grab the opportunity to make a difference for the city’s neediest kids, but some opponents questioned whether funneling more money to schools would improve achievement.





Stay Out of School
Amid skyrocketing tuition costs and dismal job prospects, Aasif Mandvi imparts a healthy fear of higher education in a group of at risk young people. (04:57)















This may make you laugh or it may make you cry, or both: from “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” a piece by Aasif Mandvi in which he tries to persuade a group of high school students to stay out of college.

The show’s website describes the bit this way: Amid skyrocketing tuition costs and dismal job prospects, Aasif Mandvi imparts a healthy fear of higher education in a group of at risk young people.






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Council of Chief State School Officers
Date: June 2013
Purpose: to support the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Institute for Transition and Transformation Services partnership with the NJ DOE to support the state’s efforts to support high quality implementation of the Common Core of State Standards
Amount: $799,825
Term: 12
Topic: College-Ready

Fayette County Public Schools
Date: June 2013
Purpose: to enable to Fayette County Public Schools in Kentucky to overcome financial barriers to effective implementation of instructional reforms and to develop resource alignment knowledge that other districts can use to overcome similar challenges.
Amount: $840,000
Term: 17
Topic: Global Policy & Advocacy

















The nation’s 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are posting better scores in math and reading tests than their counterparts did 40 years ago, and the achievement gap between white students and those of color still persists but is narrowing, according to new federal government data released Thursday.