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Student Support Services Receives 5-Year Grant for more than $1.6 million

Student Support Services, a federal TRIO program, received award from U.S. Department of Education.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-31-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Student Support Services, a federal TRIO program, was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs that it was selected to receive a grant worth more than $1.6 million over the next five years.

Student Support Services at Minnesota State Mankato will receive $322,026 for the first budget period (Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016), with similar funding anticipated for each of the following four years.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” said Margaret Hesser, director of Student Support Services at Minnesota State Mankato. “We can now continue our program’s 25-year tradition of providing critical academic support services to low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. The grant-writing and submission process could not have been successful without the support and assistance of our campus community.”

The Student Support Services program at Minnesota State Mankato originally received funding in 1990. The program serves 175 students per year.

The purpose of the Student Support Services is to provide academic and other support services to low-income or first-generation college students or college students with disabilities to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities.

Through the U.S. Department of Education’s grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. According to the Council for Opportunity in Education, a total of 1,071 Student Services Programs nationwide were selected for funding out of 1,476 proposals.

For more information, contact Margaret Hesser by phone at 507-389-2797 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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