U.S. Department of Education Awards $1.5 Million for ASU Student Services

JONESBORO, Ark. – The U.S. Department of Education awarded Arkansas State University a $1.5 million grant over five years to continue funding student retention and completion initiatives .

According to a press release sent Thursday by Arkansas State University, the grant funds the Student Support Services (SSS) program, which promotes retention and academic success for first-generation, low-income, or disabled students.

SSS is one of three federally funded programs that are collectively referred to as TRiO programs, according to officials, and provides participating students with services such as tutoring, counseling, career coaching, mentoring, workshops , preparation for higher education and an additional defense.

Dr. Jill Simons, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Dean of University College, said, “A-State’s SSS program has a long history of helping students achieve their academic goals in a timely manner. The renewal of this grant provides deserving students with additional support so that more first-generation students can graduate from college.

“Our office is very pleased to have received this funding,” added Jerrod Lockhart, Director of Student Support Services. “The services we provide are invaluable to students and complement our institution’s theme of ‘Every Red Wolf Matters’. ”

Lockhart said the grant will allow 175 students to participate each year.

For more information about student support services at Arkansas State University, contact Lockhart at jlockhar@astate.edu or by calling 870-972-2320.