Student Support Services Receives Grant

August 10, 2020 - Dorene DiNaro

UNMsssThe University of New Mexico Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO program was notified that their program along with 14 other colleges across the state will receive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  The grant allows the program to continue to provide academic and other support to low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. 

The announcement from NM Senator Tom Udall comes after an extremely competitive awards process and a time of financial challenges for the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The more than $1M award to UNM includes $294,721 on main campus; $261,853 at UNM Taos; $280,016 at UNM Gallup; and for the first time includes an award to UNM Valencia for $261,888.  Funding begins in September for the fall semester. The award amount is for the first year, but it is expected to be renewed each year for a total of five years.

"We are thrilled to once again receive this grant which will help us continue to serve first-generation and high financial need students and help them stay in school and graduate," says Dawn Blue Sky-Hill, UNM SSS program manager. "The SSS TRIO program is dedicated to close the education gap and make college accessible to students who may have been otherwise marginalized."

SSS has been a steady resource for program participants through their senior year and in some cases prepares them to apply to graduate school.  Other services include academic tutoring; information and assistance on financial aid programs and benefits; and counseling services geared toward improving financial and economic literacy, among others.   

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist high financial need individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

For more information on the program, please visit the UNM SSS TRiO website