The Basic Educational Opportunity Grant Program at Holliston Junior College

HRD-77-45: Published: Feb 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1977.

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The Holliston Junior College Basic Educational Grant Program, which provides grants to needy students enrolled in a special secretarial program, was reviewed in response to charges of abuse of the program.

As of June 1976, the college had awarded 248 Basic Grants, totaling about $238,000, to students enrolled in what appeared to be an ineligible secretarial program established in June 1975. Holliston introduced the special secretarial program to provide welfare mothers with a marketable skill. The failure of the program to lead to a degree or certificate made the program ineligible. In addition, for a program to be eligible, it must be of at least 6-months duration; a semester at Holliston was 15 weeks long. Holliston has changed the program to include 30 credit hours of study, which leads to a certificate, and has made the program satisfy the 6-month criteria.

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