Federal TRIO Program Reaches Out to UAlbany Students

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

The University at Albany will begin a new program that will help 250 disadvantaged students realize their full academic and professional potential. The program will offer services designed to increase retention and graduation rates for students disadvantaged by low income, disabilities or because they are first-generation college students who lack support.

UAlbany has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a Student Support Services Program under the TRIO grant program. This is a four-year, $760,000 grant.

The new program will serve 250 UAlbany students who meet the Department of Education's eligibility requirements. The program will achieve its goal of an 80% graduation rate by offering many services, including academic advisement, counseling, financial aid planning, culturally enriching activities, and field trips to local industries.

"These services will provide opportunities for students to realize the expectations of the professional world as well as offer insights into graduate school and employment opportunities available," said Carson Carr, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and director of the Educational Opportunity Program at UAlbany.

The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college, and disabled students to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

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July 31, 2001


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