HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS: How high school scholarships are being used in some states to help students afford college in the US.
READ MORE The government has made the scholarship program available for the first time since the Great Recession, when many states cut off funding to some public high schools for failing to meet their graduation rates.
The Obama administration has set a goal of providing $1.5 billion in scholarships each year to students who go to public high school, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
The president’s plan, which he announced in January, aims to help those who would not otherwise have access to a college education.
It also aims to address a gap that exists between states and the states they serve, and it will require colleges and universities to make financial assistance available to students with the least financial need, the administration said.
The plan also calls for states to continue working to expand the availability of financial aid to low-income students who qualify, with the goal of reducing the number of people in the lowest income brackets who don’t receive financial aid, the statement said.