White House to announce efforts to boost access to college

White House officials, along with more than 100 college presidents and 40 educational companies, announced new programs and donations Thursday intended to give more students the chance to attend college.

The programs will help students go to schools that are appropriate for them, strengthening remediation programs to increase graduation rates and expanding financial aid programs, especially for low-income students. Participants were asked by the White House to commit to new efforts to increase college access, including expanding recruiting to students who might not otherwise apply, boost need-based aid and offer more advising and counseling services, among other things.

Companies including AT&T and Wal-Mart have also agreed to donate money to the programs.
The heads of several local institutions, including Claremont McKenna College, Cal State and community colleges, are scheduled to attend the event. 

--Jason Song

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