The University of New Mexico is one of 13 colleges across the state to receive a grant that will fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities. UNM will receive more than $702,000 including $247,582 on main campus; $235,228 at UNM Gallup; and $219,970 at UNM Taos.

The grants will provide services designed to help students stay in school and graduate, such as tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring and financial guidance. The grants were announced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.

"Navigating college is challenging for any student, but it can be particularly overwhelming if you're the first person in your family to attend school, or if you're balancing a job, living with a disability, or taking care of children or other relatives while attending classes,” Udall said. “Extra support to help students with everything from signing up for the right courses, to managing family and financial responsibilities can be the key to success.

"TRIO grants have made a big difference for students and colleges in New Mexico, and I'm proud to support the program as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. These grants are an important investment in our students' futures and our state's economy." 

"TRIO’s Student Support Services program gives first generation, low-income New Mexico students the tools and resources they need to earn a college degree," Heinrich said. "These grants will allow New Mexico colleges to provide youth, veterans and unemployed adults with additional support and assistance to increase retention and graduation rates.

"When our students receive a world-class, affordable education — no matter where they come from — it improves their well-being, strengthens their communities and boosts our struggling economy."

UNM-Gallup Executive Director Christopher Dyer said, “The TRIO program represents a critical part of services we provide to students by helping those who need additional support to achieve college success. This program has had remarkable success in the past, and this present award is evidence of the excellent work done for our students who have academic needs.”

Funding begins in September for the fall semester. The award amount is for the first year, but it is expected to be renewed each year for a total of five years.