Bustos Announces $2.1 Million in Funding for Area Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $2,150,764 in grants to support students at Black Hawk College, Carl Sandburg College, Highland Community College, Illinois Central College, Knox College, Rock Valley College, Sauk Valley Community College and Spoon River College,.

“As the mother to three sons, I know firsthand how important a quality and affordable education is to building a middle class life,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I am proud to announce these grants to support area students in their efforts to achieve the American dream.”

These grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Education for the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program. The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from low-income families, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. More information about TRIO is available HERE.

The grants were awarded to the following schools that serve students from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District for the following amounts for the first year:

Black Hawk College in Moline – $322,761
Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg – $220,000
Highland Community College in Freeport – $289,429
Illinois Central College in East Peoria – $315,885
Knox College in Galesburg – $302,731
Rock Valley College in Rockford – $220,000
Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon – $259,958
Spoon River College in Canton – $220,000

During her time in Congress, Bustos has worked tirelessly to increase college affordability and accessibility. Among other measures, she has championed efforts to resolve the student debt crisis by allowing students to refinance their federal student loans and introduced the Access to Education and Training Act to allow students to take advantage of  Pell Grants year-round.