Group seeks to boost college enrollment

A group of education, business and community leaders wants to see 80 percent of Treasure Valley graduates pursue a postsecondary education.

A first step is to encourage Treasure Valley students to pursue college financial aid.

Next week, the Treasure Valley Education Partnership will announce what it is calling its “first hands-on project” — aimed at encouraging students to apply to college and file Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. These student aid forms, also known as FAFSA, are a precursor to receiving student loans, grants and work-study jobs.

It’s unclear which schools will take part in the project, or how it will work. TVEP will announce the details at a meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, at the Meridian School District headquarters, 1303 E. Central Drive, Meridian.

TVEP hopes to reach its 80 percent postsecondary “go-on” rate by 2016. By contrast, the State Board of Education wants  60 percent of Idahoans to pursue a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2020.

For more information on TVEP’s membership and goals, here’s a link to an April blog post.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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