MOBILE, Ala., September 30, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Education announced Bishop State Community College is the recipient of the highly competitive $1.3 million TRiO Student Support Services Grant. Student Support Services (SSS) is one of eight federal TRiO programs authorized by the Higher Education Act to help college students succeed in higher education.

The SSS Grant is designed to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities for academic development and assistance with basic academic requirements.

SSS helps students who have limited income and are first-generation students or students with disabilities. The grant will provide an array of comprehensive services including academic advising, financial aid advising, career and college mentoring, and assistance with academic tutoring. These services enhance academic success and make it more likely that students will graduate with the lowest possible debt.

President Dr. Reggie Sykes said, “We are delighted to receive this highly competitive grant. The services provided by this multi-year Student Support Services grant will provide vital resources to support our student retention and graduation initiative, but most importantly these new resources will help our students succeed.”

The TRiO Student Support Services Grant is effective for the 2021 fiscal year.

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