Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $3 million in Federal Funds at TAMIU and Laredo College

Funds will help low income college students achieve their academic goals?

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Alexis Torres, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), August 10, 2020
Tags: Education

Laredo, TX—Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $1.47 million in federal funds to Texas A&M International University and $1.54 million to Laredo College. These funds, awarded through the Department of Education’s TRIO program, will be used to assist low income and first-generation college students stay on track to graduate. As the pandemic continues, these grants come at a needed time. 

As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Cuellar secured $1,100,000,000 for the TRIO program in the FY21 Appropriations bill.

“It is critical that we provide academic support to some of our most vulnerable students on their journey to graduation during these unprecedented times,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This federal investment will lay the foundation they need to graduate, continue their education, and start successful careers. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to work hard to ensure the next generation has access to a quality education and the tools to drive our economy forward. 

“I’d like to thank TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz, Laredo College President Ricardo Solis and the rest of their staff for their continued efforts in supporting disadvantaged students.”

“We’re so very grateful that Congressman Cuellar shares our enthusiasm and vision in supporting this program.  It’s a powerful  affirmation of our University’s mission: to provide access and excellence to all students.  By offering comprehensive coordinated services to 160 low-income, first-generation, and disabled students in need of academic support, this program will strengthen academic achievement, retention, and baccalaureate degree graduation. These TAMIU graduates will become productive members of our city, region, state and nation. We think that’s a win-win for everyone and thank Congressman Cuellar for his partnership,” said Dr. Pablo Arenaz, President of Texas A&M International University. 

“This Student Support Services Program funding aims to improve retention and graduation rates of our students by providing critical academic support services including tutoring, advising and other educational services,” said Dr. Ricardo Solis, President of Laredo College. “On behalf of the entire Laredo College family, I would like to thank Congressman Cuellar, the U.S. Department of Education and all who aided in making this critical assistance available to our students during a time when it is needed most.”

TAMIU’s Program

TAMIU will use this funding to support low-income students adjust to the college environment, obtain needed services (such as work-study), and achieve their academic and career goals. TAMIU will do so by providing academic support, tutoring, faculty and peer mentoring, academic coaching and financial literacy. In addition, the program will assist students by securing additional financial resources, and encourage job shadowing and internships.

Laredo College’s Program

Laredo College will use these funds to support low-income, and first-generation college students. These students will receive needed academic support with the aim to improve retention and graduation rates. The support will include, academic tutoring and advising, information on financial programs and benefits, and assistance in enrolling in four-year institutions.

Federal TRIO Programs

These funds were awarded under the Student Support Services (SSS) Program, one of the eight Federal TRIO programs. The SSS program is designed to increase college persistence and completion for vulnerable students, such as low-income and first-generation. These funds awarded to institutions of higher education will support opportunities for academic enrichment, career counseling, and financial guidance.

The TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.