Triton College Will Receive a $25,000 Grant to Expand Financial Literacy Programs

 River Grove, Ill.  –Triton College will receive a $25,000 grant over a two-year period that will be used to expand and strengthen programs designed to increase students’ money management skills.

“Triton is very excited and honored to have received this grant. We understand that providing tools to students, especially the low-income students, to help them better understand and manage their finances is key in helping them complete their educational goals. With the help of this grant, we will be able to expand and enhance our financial literacy offerings to many more students,” said Shelley Tiwari, Director of Data Analytics for Student Success and Triton College’s Achieving the Dream project director.

The grant, funded by OneMain Holdings, Inc. and administered by Achieving the Dream, recognizes that students’ ability to manage their money, including financial aid, plays a significant role in their ability to persist and complete their studies.

With the launch of the OneMain grant program to colleges, OneMain’s overall investment in building community college students’ financial skills to support greater persistence and academic achievement has reached nearly a half-million dollars.

The program will help students become knowledgeable, confident financial managers, increasing student persistence and success, said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “This award recognizes Triton College’s readiness to deepen the network of supports inside and outside the classroom that help students reach their goals.”

Triton College has been a member of the ATD network since 2009. With the help of ATD, Triton has worked to identify gaps in student achievement and develop strategies to improve student outcomes in areas that are important to a student’s academic progress.

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