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Seniors graduating in 2020 from select high schools in the San Antonio area will be the first students eligible to take advantage of a free college tuition program called Alamo Promise.



TEXAS grants are awarded to students  with financial need attending public universities like UTSA.
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As the number of students eligible for the state’s largest financial aid program grows, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is projecting a substantial drop in the percentage of eligible students who will receive the award.

Initial budget proposals filed in the Texas House and Senate this week keep funding flat for the Toward EXcellence, Access, & Success (TEXAS) Grant Program.

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Barriers in the U.S. education system make it less likely for students with disabilities to finish high school, enroll in college, or complete a bachelor's degree

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A new study finds a San Antonio program designed to inspire Latino students to pursue doctoral degrees and to work in cancer research is having measurable success.

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Dr. Diana Natalicio has been called “the voice, the face, the strength and the sheer rock” of the University of Texas at El Paso. Now, after 45 years at the university and 30 years as its president, she has announced plans to retire.

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State lawmakers learned Wednesday how Texas is struggling to help African American and Latino students secure college or career readiness degrees.

Mike Flores on the St.  Philip's College campus in March 2018. He is the incoming chancellor for the Alamo Colleges District.
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When Mike Flores takes the helm of the Alamo Colleges District Oct. 1, he’ll be the district’s first Latino chancellor, and the first to be promoted from within.

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This week on Fronteras:

  • Border Patrol agents go through extremes on the job, ranging from extreme boredom to high-stress situations. 0:00
  • Some immigrant laborers who responded to Harvey don’t get paid.  4:05

  • Bi-partisan support in Texas for new DREAM Act legislation to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program from deportation.  5:43

  • A study on discrimination shows many Latinos weren’t encouraged to pursue higher education. 8:20

  • A  binational study of heart disease is looking at how it affects people of Mexican ancestry. 13:23

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In Texas, 56 percent of undergraduates who finished college in 2016 left with an average of about $26,000 in debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

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 Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of campus carry at Texas public universities. It was also the first day of campus carry at community colleges in the state. That means that license holders aged 21 and up are allowed to carry concealed handguns at places like San Antonio College.