A five-year, $1.45 million grant will help first-generation, low-income students at Cal Poly get the support services they need.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Education supports academic training, counseling services, financial literacy support, mentoring programs and career services.
“Ultimately, our goal is to provide a family of support away from home,” said Nelda Olvera, Cal Poly’s director of Student Academic Services, in a statement.
Cal Poly will receive $289,235 annually during the period of the five-year grant to help 250 new and continuing students each year.
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Student Support Services has helped first-generation students at Cal Poly (those who are first in their family to attend college), and students with disabilities, for three decades.
Ninety-two percent of students who participate in the program return for their next year of school and nearly nine in 10 participants post grades of C or better.