The University of Kentucky and the University of Arkansas announced that the number of student scholarships and grants awarded in the 2018-2019 academic year will increase from $1.3 million to $2.2 million.
The new funding will go toward college tuition for students at public universities and colleges.
“This is a great way for students and their families to be able to spend more time with their loved ones and to spend less time on the school and university,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a statement.
“It’s also a great incentive to go to college and get the education that will get you there.”
The increase in funding for college tuition is part of a push by the Trump White House to improve access to higher education.
Under President Donald Trump, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has set a goal of creating 100 million college and university degrees by 2024.
The U.K. is one of several institutions to receive a boost in scholarships and grant money in 2018, the most recent year data is available.
U. S. Sen Tim Kaine, D-Va., also received a scholarship to the University at Buffalo, a public university in New York City, which has about 3,000 students enrolled.
The University at Rochester is also receiving a boost.
“Students are working to make their way in this world,” Kaine said in the statement.
The number of scholarships awarded to students attending public and private colleges has increased at all public universities in the United States, the American Association of University Women reported.
The total number of scholarship recipients at public and privately funded colleges and universities fell in 2017, to more than 5 million, according to the association.
The rise in scholarship funding for public colleges comes as states across the country have been grappling with the impact of the opioid epidemic.
In February, Purdue University announced that it would reduce the number the number and type of scholarships it would award to students by 25 percent starting in 2018.
The move followed Purdue’s decision to stop providing cash aid to students in opioid-related crisis situations.
The news came as the state of New York was facing a spike in overdoses that has forced Gov.
Andrew Cuomo to take drastic steps to limit access to drugs.
Cuomo has ordered the state to create a new opioid commission and to increase the amount of money it will spend on addiction treatment.
Last week, the University System of Georgia announced that its student health and wellness programs would be eliminated by 2020.
The university said that it planned to cut more than 100 of its student medical centers, including the Center for Health and Wellness.
Last year, the university said it had to cut nearly 500 programs that offer education, including health, wellness, and health-related programs, as well as programs on campus for health promotion and wellness.
The cuts, which will be phased in over three years, are being met with concern.
“The cuts will be felt by students, faculty, and staff and will have an impact on our mission, health, and wellbeing,” the university’s president, Bill McDaniel, said in an email to The Huffington and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The cutbacks come after a number of high-profile students, such as Duke University student protesters and a student who was shot and killed by police in 2016, have died at the hands of law enforcement.