August 10, 2015


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today announced $439,983 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education for two universities in San Antonio. St. Mary's University and San Antonio College will receive the funding through the TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSS), a grant program that provides academic and other support services to first-generation, low-income, or disabled students to increase those students' retention and graduation rates. These new grants bring the total amount of TRIO SSS funding awarded to schools in San Antonio this summer up to more than $1.1 million. 

"Completing a higher education has a powerful effect on the path of young people's lives,"? said Rep. Castro. "College and university degrees open doors and lead to greater opportunities for folks. This federal funding is specifically aimed at supporting students to increase the number who stay in school and successfully graduate. I'm grateful that the Department of Education has awarded these grants to two excellent institutions in San Antonio. The support the funding provides will help so many young people in our city reach their potential and come one step closer to achieving their dreams."?

TRIO SSS funds go towards programs such as academic tutoring, counseling services, financial literacy courses, mentoring programs, and career counseling. The duration of the grant award is five years.  

Specific grant information follows: 

  • St. Mary's University will receive $219,999.00
  • San Antonio College will receive $219,984.00