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Conn. group gets grant to help college students

October 7, 2011

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MERIDEN, Conn.—A Connecticut group that helps people enter or continue higher education has been selected to receive a piece of a $47.6 million federal grant.

CONNTAC, Inc., also known as the Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative, is among 128 groups in 44 states that will receive the funding. The U.S. Department of Education announced the awards Thursday.

Meriden-based CONNTAC will receive about $740,400 for its programs, which help low-income people and those who are in the first generation in their family to attend a college or university.

The services include counseling, tutoring, help in applying for financial aid and other support. Many of the students that the organization serves are facing financial struggles and other barriers. Some are middle-aged parents getting their first chance to pursue a degree.