Loebsack Announces More Than $7.35 Million to Support Iowa Colleges

Written by Theresa Rose on July 16, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that 27 community colleges, colleges and universities across Iowa have received a total of $7,351,702 from the U.S. Department of Education to help increase college retention and graduation rates among high risk students. The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a competitive grant that awards funds to institutes of higher education to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students. The program will help 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. Details of the grants are below.

“Having grown up in poverty I know first-hand the uphill battle many low-income students face. I was very lucky to have had the support of caring adults in my family, school and community, but all too frequently the story is much different,” said Loebsack. “Support for our students is critical to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed in our 21st Century workforce. This funding will help schools and teachers comprehensively address their students’ needs, giving them the motivation to remain engaged in school and helping them to succeed academically.”

TRIO Program participants must be low-income, a first-generation college students or an individual with disabilities. All participants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of postsecondary education at an institution of higher education and have a need for academic support.

Required TRIO Program services include academic tutoring; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection; information on financial aid programs and benefits and assistance in completing financial aid applications, including the FAFSA; education or counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy; activities designed to assist participants enrolled in four-year institutions in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in, graduate and professional programs; and activities designed to assist students enrolled in two-years institutions of higher education in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in, four-year programs of postsecondary education.

Central College- $284,754

Marshalltown Community College- $145,350

Southeastern Community College- $355,656

Ellsworth Community College- $220,000

Graceland University- $292,340.00

Briar Cliff University- $280,161

Coe College- $284,754

Eastern Iowa Community College District- $279,414

Kirkwood Community College- $284,754

North Iowa Area Community College- $292,340

Iowa Lakes Community College- $281,490

Hawkeye Community College- $247,584

University of Dubuque- $220,000

Indian Hills Community College- $284,361

Southwestern Community College- $262,557

Iowa Central Community College- $247,583

Des Moines Area Community College- $329,069

Northeast Iowa Community College- $231,103

Northwest Iowa Community College- $241,643

Simpson College- $231,103

University of Iowa- $347,409

Iowa Western Community College- $284,051

Iowa State University- $331,883

Luther College- $284,754

University of Northern Iowa- $312,917

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Denison- $213,180

Western Iowa Tech Community College- $281,492