The U.S. Education Department in a press release announced an award of $270 million to 968 institutions of higher education.
The funds will be used to provide thousands of students with academic and other support services they need to succeed in college.
According to the Education Department, the grants are aimed at helping increase the number of low-income college students, first-generation students, and those with disabilities to successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level.
“Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.
“These grants provide critical support to students who can benefit from extra help and encouragement along their college journey, enabling them to reach their personal goals and contribute to the economic vitality of our nation,” he stated further.
The SSS Program will provide students with academic tutoring, assistance in course selection, information about financial aid and economic literacy, and support and resources to help students transfer from two-year to four-year colleges or from undergraduate to graduate or professional studies.
Some additional services that may be offered under this grant may include the following activities: individualized counseling and career guidance, exposure to cultural events, mentoring, and housing assistance during school breaks for students who are homeless or in foster care.
SSS is one of seven Federal TRIO Programs, which provide outreach and student services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, low income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities, foster care youth or homeless children and youth—to help them progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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