ISU’s TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) program will receive a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help more first-generation students graduate.

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The University’s TRIO program serves 232 students who have a 96 percent retention rate. Students who are underrepresented or low income receive assistance that includes tutoring, financial literacy, career development, pathways to graduate school, referral to resources, and student leadership development.

“Illinois State’s TRIO/SSS program recognizes the wealth that first-generation students bring to the campus community and walks alongside them as they use their strengths to achieve optimal personal and academic success,” said TRIO/SSS Coordinator Shatoya Black. ISU has received federal funding for TRIO since the 1980s.