Johnson announces TRIO funding for USD

Johnson announces TRIO funding for USD U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that The University of South Dakota will receive $263,513 in funding for the TRIO Student Support Services Program. TRIO Student Support Services offer services to institutions of higher education to increase student retention and graduation rates.

"Education is a priority of mine," said Johnson. "The TRIO program offers students strong academic and economic services so they may have the ability to stay in South Dakota for a higher education. I am pleased to have helped secure this funding for the TRIO program and I will continue to support this critical education program."

Johnson and several Senate colleagues helped protect funding for adult education and literacy programs during debate on the Senate budget. Amendment 177 to the Senate Budget Resolution passed on a vote of 51-49. This amendment would also increase the maximum Pell Grant to $4,500.

Funding for TRIO programs will go towards instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and math; personal counseling; academic advising and assistance in course selection; exposure to cultural events and academic programs; activities designed to acquaint students with an array of available career options; and mentoring programs.

Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

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