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Federal financial aid for low-income students that's now available all year could push more students through community colleges faster and increase the likelihood of them earning a degree.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the return of year-round Pell Grants for the fiscal year that began July 1. And with large portions of students studying at community colleges eligible for the grant program, it could increase summer enrollment figures.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that St. Louis Community College will receive more than $5 million for laboratory upgrades. 

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The economic downturn caused a boom in enrollment at community colleges nationwide. But that trend may now be reversing in Missouri.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, national enrollment at community colleges grew 20 percent between 2007 and 2011.

Now, enrollment may be coming down. Some St. Louis schools are anticipating declines in head count between 10 and 20 percent.

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A Sedalia-based community college will begin offering classes in Boonville in August.