Student Support Services receives grant award

The Student Support Services (SSS) Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received approval for refunding for 2015-2020. Donna M. Mooney, program director, said that during the first year of funding, the program will receive $413,145. According to the United States Department of Education, funding for the second, third and fourth years will be determined by budgetary requirements.

Student Support Services is a federally funded program created under the Higher Education Act of 1965, also known as TRIO. Only first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities evidencing academic need are eligible to participate in SSS projects. Two-thirds of the participants in any SSS project must be either disabled or first-generation college students from low-income families. One-third of the disabled participants also must be low-income students.

This SSS Program is approved to work with 308 students per year.

The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

For more information about the Student Support Services Program at UAPB, contact Donna Mooney at (870) 575-8375 or mooneyd@uapb.edu.

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