Arkansas Tech University Receives $2 million grant to help students with children
The Department of Education has awarded Arkansas Tech University a $2 million grant to help students with children continue their education.
ATU applied for the grant after its Child Care Access Means Parents in School program saw several students struggling to juggle studies and childcare.
Students interested in the grant must be eligible for a Pell grant, but the school says it’s a simple application process.
Students at ATU are already reaping the benefits of the grant.
Domica Arnold, a senior at the school, said she didn’t have enough support to help her with her children, but after receiving the grant, her children are now in daycare, leaving her time and energy to focus on her studies.
Arnold said the biggest struggle was finding someone to babysit her children at home. With daycare available at ATU, Arnold said she was able to focus on her studies and graduate from the university in May. She is a first-generation college graduate.
The $2 million grant will be available to students for the following four years. ATU administrators are urging its students to take advantage of this grant and other resources the school offers.
For more information, visit the Arkansas Tech University website.