DOE ends funding to LC State’s TRIO Student Support Services program

The U.S. Department of Education has ended funding for Lewis-Clark State College’s TRIO Student Support Services program.

The college received just over $374,500 per year during the last five-year grant, which funded the program that helps LC students who are first generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities.

As a result of the lost funding, Lewis-Clark State will make changes to continue some services previously provided by the program. Freshmen who were assigned an advisor from TRIO will now be assigned an advisor from the college’s Advising Center, while returning students will have the option of having a co-advisor, and also can receive peer mentor help. The Student Support Services tutoring lab will remain open and a staff of trained student tutors will be available to provide academic support.

The lack of funding also means three staff positions will be eliminated along with the loss of about $10,000 in student scholarships. One staff member has accepted another position on campus.

Officials say the earliest the college can apply again for grant funding is 2025. (Lewis-Clark State College)

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