Montgomery College has received $250,000 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to continue its Citizenship Preparation Program.
The college is the only recipient in Maryland.
The program consists of citizenship preparation classes, group activities and volunteer experiences. The college also partners with Catholic Charities for legal services for the students.
Officials said helping students become American citizens will give them more opportunities to pursue their education.
“Studying for naturalization will allow them to help them pass the test and the interview, which then opens up a door for being eligible for federal financial aid,” said Nancy Newton, Special Programs Director, Montgomery College.
The college has served more than 2,000 students since the program began in 2010.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded nearly $10 million to 45 organizations across the country.