SAN MARCOS – Cal State San Marcos announced today (August 5) a $1.4 million renewal of federal funding to support first-generation, low-income and disabled students over the next five years.
The money from the U.S. Department of Education will pay for the university’s TRiO Student Support Services program, which assists around 200 students with a higher risk of dropping out than others.
The program provides tutoring, counseling, cultural enrichment activities, financial literacy, early interventions and evaluations, mentoring, priority registration, graduate school preparation, laptop loans, supplemental grant aid and workshops.
“Since 2008, our annual retention rate for student participants has been over 90 percent,” said Heather Northway, CSUSM’s TRiO SSS director. “In addition, our six-year graduation rate was 74 percent for students who enrolled in fall 2008 and 71 percent for students who enrolled in 2009.”
The program also allows participants to use The Center at CSUSM, a multipurpose computer lab and study space.