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New state grants for community colleges to help formerly incarcerated students

East Los Angeles College is one of nine campuses in the L.A. Community College District.
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East Los Angeles College is one of nine campuses in the L.A. Community College District.

College administrators say taking college classes is one of the best ways to keep a person from returning to prison, but many formerly incarcerated students who enroll in college face psychological, academic and financial roadblocks. A new grant program with $5 million in available funds is helping colleges pay for additional help for this student population.