The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced that Bishop State Community College has been awarded a $1.3 million federal Student Support Services TRiO grant.
Student Support Services grants are designed to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with educational opportunities and help with basic academic requirements. The federal aid assists low-income and first-generation students and those with disabilities.
“We are delighted to receive this highly competitive grant. The services provided by this multi-year Student Support Services grant will provide vital resources to support our student retention and graduation initiative, but most importantly these new resources will help our students succeed,” said Bishop State Community College President Reggie Sykes in a statement.
The grant will provide academic advising, financial aid advising, career and college mentoring and assistance with academic tutoring, according to a press release from the college. The services provided by the federal aid will enhance academic success and make it more likely that students will graduate with the lowest possible debt, according to the release.
The TRiO Student Support Services Grant is effective for the 2021 fiscal year.