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 (Academic Support Program for Increased Retention in Education) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Known by the Department as Student Support Services, ASPIRE, along with other TRIO Programs, was originally funded as an outgrowth of civil rights legislation during the 1960's. The goal of ASPIRE is to increase retention and graduation rates of our participants. We do this by providing opportunities for academic development, assistance students with basic college requirements, and motivating students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Under federal guidelines, students qualify for ASPIRE if they are low income, first generation in college (neither parent has a degree from an accredited four-year U.S. college or university), or registered with a disability hindering academic performance.



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