Saint Peter’s Receives $1.3 Million Federal TRIO Student Support Services Grant

Jersey City, N.J. – September 1, 2020 – Saint Peter’s today announced that the University has been awarded a $1.3 million federal TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The TRIO SSS is a competitive grant, which awards funds to institutions to provide opportunities for academic development, to assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

The grant is designed to identify and provide services for individuals from low-income families, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. Saint Peter’s will receive $261,888 annually for five years, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. The funds will support the existing EDGE (Explore, Discover, Gain, Experience and Excel) Student Support Services (SSS) Program at the University.

“We have already seen tremendous success with our EDGE SSS Program over the past five years as we have met and exceeded our goals for retention, persistence and graduation,” said Mildred Mihlon, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs and assessment at Saint Peter’s University. “We look forward to continued and increased success with the program in the coming academic years.”

The EDGE SSS Program will continue to serve a minimum of 140 students annually by providing individualized counseling, career education, internships, exposure to culture events and more. Tutoring, coaching and mentoring are the cornerstones of a successful student support program; however, the Saint Peter’s program will expand its offerings to include new features for the next five years. These features include funding to support the cost of University attendance and an increased emphasis on career development through internship, experiential learning or graduate studies opportunities.

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