The U.S. Department of Education to reconsider the awarding of grants to dozens of programs that help low-income students to prepare for the university after their initial applications were rejected due to formatting errors, such as not double-spaced.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a House subcommittee on Wednesday in Washington that her agency will reconsider the 77 rejected applications from universities and other organisations that the management of Upward Bound programs.
The decision was taken after an additional $50 million in funding for such programs is included in the recent omnibus bill for the funding of the federal government.
The rejection drew bipartisan criticism and questions in the omnibus bill that the Ministry of Education to reconsider these applications.
More than 62,000 high school students across the country receive services through Upward Bound.
Some of the programs with rejected applications has been in existence for up to 50 years.