Federal funding for WSU’s Student Support Services Program has been extended another five years, one year longer than the typical four-year extension.
WSU’s grant proposal received an excellent evaluation, said Al Jamison, vice president for Educational Development. “This is wonderful news,” he said.
WSU‘s program was established in 2001 to provide specialized assistance to first generation, economically disadvantaged or disabled students. It is one of five federal TRiO academic assistance programs established by Congress under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
The program will receive $220,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Education to maintain a program enrollment of 160 students.
All of the Student Support Services programs in this region of the country fared well in the granting process, according to Northwest Association of Special Programs Director Adan Tijerina. “I am delighted WSU and other campuses in the state of Washington all had their SSS grants renewed. In fact, we added a few new programs in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.”