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Federal Grant Awarded to Support UDM First-Generation Students

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August 11, 2015

First-generation, economically disadvantaged and/or students with disabilities will soon receive even greater support at University of Detroit Mercy through a new five-year $1.1 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the University’s first TRIO Programs grant.

The new grant will provide more services to first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities. Activities will focus on increasing student retention and success by strengthening their engagement at UDM, particularly in mission-oriented activities.

“This is a very important grant for the University because it will provide more services to talented and motivated students, many of whom come from families with modest resources and where a college degree was not attainable,” said President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

As part of the program, qualified students will have access to individualized academic coaching from University professionals and upperclassmen, tutoring and assistance with financial aid literacy. They will also participate in the University’s First-Year Experience program that includes monthly workshops about the transition to college, service learning opportunities, leadership development and cultural experiences in and around Detroit. As they near the end of their undergraduate education, they will also be assisted in applying to graduate and professional schools.

One-fourth of University of Detroit Mercy’s recent freshman classes are first-generation students, meaning that neither parent attended college. Twenty-two percent are from low-income families and four percent have disabilities. To be eligible for the program, students must be a citizen or national of the United States and meet the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance. See media coverage and 1stGen@UDM video playlist for more information.

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