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The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the systemic inequality and financial hardship that can keep promising students from succeeding in college. This SSS STEM grant is even more vital now to the students we serve. Katrina Coakley Associate Provost for Student Success

Over the next five years, Roosevelt University will receive a $1.3 million Student Support Services STEM grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Student Support Services grant will strengthen programs for undergraduates who are first generation, low income or who have disabilities to give students the resources to complete their degrees.

“It is an honor to receive this highly competitive funding,” said Katrina Coakley, associate provost for student success. “The grant will allow us to provide focused, successful retention programming for our students.”

Apply for the Student Support Services STEM program here.

The 120 science and math students in the program each year will have access to free academic tutoring, advising and mentoring. The program will also help students navigate the financial aid process to find additional public and private sources of support.

About 48% of Roosevelt students qualify for federal low-income grants. The Department of Education Grant offers another layer of support for a group that has been hit especially hard by job losses during the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the systemic inequality and financial hardship that can keep promising students from succeeding in college,” said Coakley. “This SSS STEM grant is even more vital now to the students we serve.”

The new grant is one of eight federal TRIO programs that help under-resourced students “progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs,” according to the Department of Education. Roosevelt University currently holds a total of nine TRIO grants, more than any other institution in the Chicago area.

TRIO programs Upward Bound and Talent Search create pathways for middle- and high-school students to stay on track to a college degree. In the Veterans Upward Bound program, the first TRIO program of its kind in Illinois, 125 veterans each year can brush up on their academic skills before entering college. The successful McNair Scholars program helps 25 Roosevelt students each year find research opportunities and prepare for graduate school applications.

Would you benefit from STEM advising, career counseling, tutoring services or other academic support? Complete the short application for the Student Support Services STEM program.

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