UTSA awarded TRIO Student Support Services Grant

UTSA to receive $1.1 million for new TRIO program

UTSA has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a five-year, $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services grant to support UTSA students.

The funding will allow UTSA to provide 140 students with opportunities for academic development, assistance with basic college requirements and motivation to help them successfully complete their postsecondary education.

Building upon the successful strategies of the Graduation Rate Improvement Plan, the Office of P-20 Initiatives will facilitate a collaborative approach toward student success. Through the GRIP, UTSA students will have access to University College’s first-year experience peer mentor program, the Early Alert Retention Network (EARN) system, and proactive advising strategies. The Office of P-20 Initiatives will utilize existing TRIO programs and the UTSA Ready program to identify students for the new TRIO cohort, which will focus on student persistence, academic standing and graduation rates. The TRIO program will also offer personal, financial and academic counseling.

Barbara Smith, UTSA Executive Director of Advising, said the grant provides a great opportunity for UTSA students and she looks forward to working with the team on this initiative.

Joseph Kulhanek, UTSA Assistant Vice President for P-20 Initiatives, views the program as a truly collaborative approach to addressing student success at UTSA.

The Office of P-20 Initiatives submitted its proposal to the Department of Education in early February. It was one of 1,700 grant applications submitted to the federal government. The proposal included contributions from the UTSA Tomas Rivera Center, University College, Office of Advising, Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, and Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

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