SUNY Canton Receives Grant to Continue Exceptional Student Support Services

The U.S. Department of Education announced that SUNY Canton has been selected to receive nearly $260,000 to continue its federally funded TRiO Student Support Services program.

The funding will cover the next year of operation for the college’s TRiO programs and will likely continue for a total of five years.

“This federally-funded grant will help us ensure that students have the means not just to attend college, but to succeed,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “By removing financial and other barriers, students can truly reach their potential both in college and beyond.”


The college’s efforts help more than 200 first-generation economically disadvantaged students access special services, including academic counseling, tutoring and other resources to enhance their college experience. The goal of the program is to increase college retention and graduation rates.

The funding was awarded following a competitive grant application process. The college demonstrated effectiveness and met federally mandated criteria with its successful student support initiatives.

Congressional Representative Elise Stefanik issued a statement Friday, July 17, applauding the U.S. Department of Education for awarding grants to colleges and universities within New York’s 21st district. She said, “As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ensuring that our students have an opportunity to achieve a college degree is a top priority of mine in Congress, and I know these grants will go a long way to helping students succeed.”


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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