July 15, 2015


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today announced $675,043 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education for three universities in San Antonio. University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio College, and University of the Incarnate Word 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. 

"Earning a college or university degree changes a young person's life, increasing their odds for future professional success,"? said Rep. Castro. "My brother Julian and I experienced first-hand the transformative power of education, and I'm acutely aware of the ways access to academics helps young people pursue their dreams. This federal funding allows schools to dedicate resources towards maximizing the number of students who complete a higher education. I'm grateful to the Department of Education for these grants that will expand opportunity for so many ambitious young San Antonians who would otherwise lack the support and guidance needed to graduate."?

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: 

  • University of Texas at San Antonio will receive $220,000.00
  • San Antonio College will receive $219,984.00 
  • University of the Incarnate Word will receive  $235,059.00