The University of Bridgeport has been awarded a $220,000 Department of Education Student Support Services grant (SSS) to retain disadvantaged students by providing them comprehensive academic support.

The SSS grant was awarded through a competitive process to institutions of higher education that provide students with opportunities for academic development, assistance on basic college requirements, and other programs that enable them to successfully finish college.

The SSS grant awarded to UB will fund programs for fiscal year 2016.

Fifty-seven percent of UB undergraduate students are either first-generation college students, qualify as low income, or are disabled.

“Many students in our local colleges face obstacles that prevent them from staying in school and graduating,” said Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04), who supported UB’s grant application. “Whether those obstacles are financial, academic, or simply being the first person in their family to go to college, they are hard to face alone. The Student Support Service grants help fund the personnel and facilities to increase the retention and graduation of these students. It’s a program that unquestionably provides an enormous benefit to students in Connecticut and their families, and I’m proud the federal government is able to provide this support.”

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