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The mission of Student Support Services-TRIO (SSS) is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of program partici­pants at the University of New Mexico Main Campus. The SSS program draws upon a holistic framework where committed participants receive individualized support by ad­dressing their educational and personal needs. Support is of­fered through academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, career advisement, personal guidance, financial guidance, graduate school guidance, workshops and social/cultural events. SSS Supplemental Grant Awards are available to eligible partici­pants based upon available funds. The SSS program is 100% federally funded through a grant from the US Department of Education TRIO Programs.

SSS targets 160 UNM undergraduate students who are first-generation to college, low-income and/or have a documented disability. The definition of low-income is specific to TRIO programs and “means an individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of an amount equal to the poverty level determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census.” SSS definition takes into consideration number of family members in the household and is based on ‘taxable’ income. Therefore, SSS may categorize a student as low-income based on taxable income not adjusted gross income.

To demonstrate the impact of SSS with UNM’s strategic plan several key performance indicators are used to illustrate.