Rep. Katko Announces $700k to Local Colleges to Support Underserved Students During the Pandemic


Syracuse, NYU.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced $673,781 in federal funds will be distributed to Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College to provide support services that increase retention and graduation rates among low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities.

The funds are available through the Department of Education’s Student Support Services Program, and will be used by Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College to provide underserved students with tutoring and academic support, as well as counseling services to boost financial and economic literacy. The Student Support Services Program is one of eight programs administered under the Department of Education’s TRIO (TRIO) Programs. TRIO provides important support to low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities as they progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. In Congress, Rep. Katko has consistently led efforts to strengthen and increase funding for TRIO, including the Student Support Services Program.

“Today, I’m pleased to announce Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College have received nearly $700,000 in federal funds through the Department of Education’s Student Support Services Program,” said Rep. Katko. “Low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities already face significant obstacles that prevent them from accessing higher education and obtaining a college degree. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic adding economic uncertainty and creating new issues, the challenges they face are sure to be exacerbated. To provide underserved students with the tools they need to get a quality education and be successful, the Student Support Services Program empowers schools to offer tutoring and academic support, as well as counseling services to boost financial and economic literacy. In Congress, I’ve led efforts to strengthen this program and am glad to see it working to help local students during this crisis.”

A full list of the grants can be found below:

Syracuse University: $411,893.00

Onondaga Community College: $261,888.00