Senior U.S. Education Official to Participate in Town Hall on Higher Education Opportunities

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James Minor, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs at the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education, will participate in a town hall meeting examining higher education opportunities Wednesday at the St. Louis Community College Forest Park Campus in St. Louis. Minor will discuss Department of Education programs that promote college access and advance student success.

President Obama’s proposed budget for education includes America’s College Promise, which would provide two years of free community college for responsible students through a $60.3 billion investment in a new federal-state partnership over the next 10 years. The budget also would provide a $29.7 billion investment in Pell Grants that would maintain the purchasing power of this critical, need-based postsecondary grant assistance after 2017, benefiting millions of students.

Before the 1 p.m. town hall, Minor will have lunch with more than 50 community leaders in college access and success programs, who will share their strategies and practices to assist students in attending and completing college.