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Webb County LULAC to distribute scholarships to Laredo graduates

Updated: May 18, 2022

The Webb County LULAC Council l#22387 and Clear Choice ER will be distributing scholarships on Saturday to a number of high school graduates throughout Laredo.

A total of $8,250 will be distributed to 19 high school graduates at the Clear Choice ER parking lot on Bartlett Avenue as a result of the collaboration. These students met all the requirements necessary and will receive the help as higher education costs rise throughout the years.

“The cost of higher education is constantly on the rise, making financing a college degree extremely difficult for many families. This is particularly true of the Latino community,” Webb County LULAC Council stated. “In fact, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, 77% of Latinos say that the cost of education is a key reason why they do not go to college or fail to finish once they have started.” According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition costs have seen a gradual rise each year in the current dollar value. Throughout every institution, between 2018-19 saw the average tuition, fees, room and board rates at approximately $24,623; compared to the 2017-18 where it was $23,833. They specific that between four-year and two-year institutions, the costs continued to rise. Within the 2018-19 school year, four-year institutions saw an average price hike from $27,357 to $28,123 and two-year institutions from $10,704 to $11,389.

“Between 2008-09 and 2018-19, prices for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board at public institutions rose 28%, and prices at private nonprofit institutions rose 19%, after adjustment for inflation,” the U.S. Department of Education NCES stated. “The price for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board at private for-profit institutions were 6% lower in 2018-19 than in 2008-09, after adjustment for inflation.

Since 1973, LULAC and the LULAC National Education Service Center has helped provide approximately $7 million in scholarships to high-need students. As LULAC continues as the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization for Hispanic Americans, there are over 1,000 councils across the United States and Puerto Rico that advocate and provide services and information for Latinos.

Christian Alejandro Ocampo reports on education for the Laredo Morning Times. He originally joined LMT as a photographer.

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