WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that a grant of $437,266 will be awarded to the University of Northern Iowa this year through the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program. EOC is one of eight federal TRIO programs and provides counseling and information on college admissions, including financial aid counseling, with the goal of increasing the number of adults from low-income backgrounds who enroll in post-secondary education. Harkin chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds education initiatives and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
"Education is a stepping stone to the jobs that allow Iowans to remain competitive in the global economy. Taking steps that increase accessibility to education is one of my primary missions in Congress," said Harkin. "I applaud UNI on their efforts to making education more accessible to members of their community and I look forward to the advancements they will make with this funding."
The project proposes to serve 2,000 individuals from Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw and Tama counties by using outreach efforts to attract people from low-income communities as well as those living with disabilities and veterans.