Student Support Services is funded by two federal TRIO grants totaling $558,958 annually. This funding accounts for 100% of the project's total costs. This is the first year of a new five year grant cycle for both the Classic and Disability Grants.  We are happy to continue to provide these long standing services.

The program is designed to:

  • Assist students and enhance campus climate, thereby improving retention and graduation rates

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  • Enable students to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the college setting and become connected to ensure success
  • Provide opportunities for students to enhance their academic and personal development; to participate in leadership and cultural experiences
  • Deliver services with quality and commitment from experienced staff


The mission of ASPIRE-Student Support Services is to assist students and improve the campus climate in order to increase the retention and graduation rate of first-generation college students, low income students or students with disabilities. Students will persist and complete their educational programs and enhance their likelihood of entering into a graduate or professional school through quality services provided by committed staff.

TRIO Programs - U.S. Department of Education

TRIO programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.


  • First-generation college students (neither parent graduated from a four-year college)
  • Low income status and/or
  • Students with a documented disability

Federal low income guidelines - click here.

 U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Ed (SSS)