Some migrant students in North Georgia will soon have easier access to a college degree, thanks to a $2.1 million grant.
The University of North Georgia received the grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a College Assistance Migrant Program, part of a federally funded initiative to help migrant youth receive a higher education.
“This grant will enable us to provide support to mitigate the educational, economic and cultural barriers that make it difficult for these students to enroll in or succeed in college initially,” said Harriett Allison, English as a Second
Language program leader and associate professor, in a news release.
The college attendance rate for children of migrant farm workers in Georgia is lower than other populations, Allison said.
Allison said migrant students are often in an unstable educational environment because their parents are mobile workers who frequently move their families. This program will provide greater stability.
Migrant students eligible for CAMP must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible for the Pell Grant, 16 to 21 years old, and relatives of a worker in agriculture, poultry, fishing or forestry who has worked in one of these jobs for at least 75 days in the past two years.
CAMP will support up to 40 eligible UNG students each year at the university’s Gainesville campus.
Across the state, there are nearly 18,000 migrant students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and almost a third of those students live in North Georgia.
Prospective students will get help with college and financial aid applications, and accepted students will receive tutoring, success skills workshops and academic, career and financial coaching. They will also receive laptops for academic use and funds for books, materials and, in some cases, living expenses and transportation costs.
CAMP freshmen will also be part of a Learning Community, structured around the students’ career goals and class schedules.
The university will partner with education agencies including Catholic Charities of Atlanta, Complete College Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education Migrant Education to identify prospective students.
Applications are still being accepted for the Gainesville campus’ fall semester, beginning Aug. 17. Prospective students or eligible applicants should call 678-717-3992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.