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92% retention rate

Retention Rate

76% graduation rate

Six year graduation rate of most recent cohort of graduates

77% TRIO students are first generation college students and low income

Of our current TRIO SSS students are both first generation and low income

As a part of a family of programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote college achievement for traditionally disadvantaged students, TRIO Student Support Services at CSUSM is committed to increasing the retention and graduation of its participants. The program is designed to assist first-generation (neither parent has completed a four-year degree), low-income, and students with disabilities.

Services provided by the program include counseling, tutoring, community service experiences, financial literacy guidance, and assistance in applying for graduate school and more.

However, many of our students are also facing financial difficulties. Your donation will provide funds for services not currently covered by the program, including emergency scholarships, cultural enrichment opportunities, funding for books and school supplies, funds for temporary shelter, student professional development, fees for exams, some tuition costs and resources for meals for those who are experiencing food insecurity.

About 85% of CSUSM graduates stay and work in the region, therefore, all students are a vital part of the San Diego workforce. Hence, with your generous donation you will not just be supporting the students but also helping to produce well prepared and ready for work graduates for the community as a whole.

More information on the TRIO SSS program is available on the US Department of Education website

Thank you for your support.

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Tax ID Number: 80-0390564

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Checks should be made payable to "CSUSM Foundation”
Please write project #86718 on the memo line

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California State University San Marcos - University Advancement
ATTN:  Elizabeth Canavan
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001