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Finlandia awarded $286,598 from Federal Education Department

August 3, 2015

Finlandia awarded $286,598 grant

Money to support TRiO Student Support Services on campus

Finlandia GraduatesFinlandia University has been awarded $286,598 annually for the next five years by the U.S. Education Department to provide students with academic and other support services they need to stay in college and earn a bachelors degree. These students meet income guidelines, are the first in their family to pursue a bachelors degree, or possess a learning or physical disability. Nationally students involved in these federally funded program have achieved higher persistence and graduation rates.

“Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release. “These grants provide critical support to students who can benefit from extra help and encouragement along their college journey, enabling them to reach their personal goals and contribute to the economic vitality of our nation.”

The funding will help Finlandia support 180 students annually for the next five years.

“We are very pleased to receive this funding once again,” Director Cindy Cowell said. “Our focus is on addressing the whole student, and it works. TRIO students stay in college, are in good academic standing and graduate with bachelor degrees.”

The program focuses on each student’s strengths by getting to know the student, and providing individually designed academic support on a student-by-student basis. Students may receive supplemental instruction, tutoring, coaching, access to college success skill workshops, graduate school field trips and career exploration, such as job shadowing or job search support. Services are fluid to meet the student where they are at in their college experience.

Learn more about TRiO SSS at finlandia.edu/triostudentsupportservices.

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