There is good news for students who come from underrepresented backgrounds or low-income families attending Western Michigan University.  The U.S. Department of Education has awarded WMU $3.22 million to help increase the graduation rate for these students.

Western Michigan University received a grant to increase graduation rates for low-income families or students from underrepresented backgrounds.
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The grant was announced on Tuesday.  The federal agency is going to award 24 different colleges and universities $75 million.

Kalamazoo public schools issued the Kalamazoo Promise 9 years ago to provide four years of tuition to any Michigan public university and some private colleges for their graduates.  This new federal program has grown out of the Kalamazoo Promise.

Western Michigan issued a statement saying the goal of the program is to "tackle the problem of low rates of degree completion."