Grant Aid

Grant Aid Background:

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Grant Aid is a financial award made available to SSS participants through a grant from the US Department of Education. The amount of Grant Aid awarded is determined by need and availability of funds. Funding is available to Pell Grant recipients  who are in their first or second year of post secondary education, or participants in their third year or beyond that demonstrate financial and academic need. Final eligibility is at the discretion of the SSS Director.

All SSS participants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive SSS Grant Aid:

  • Must be Pell Grant eligible
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must demonstrate academic need
  • Must be an active participant in the USD TRiO Student Support Services Program

(To inquire about the SSS Grant, please email

IME-Becas Grant:

USD's Student Support Services is proud to have received the IME-BECAS grant from the the Mexican government in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2017. This scholarship is offered to students of Mexican heritage. The mission of the IME-BECAS grant is to improve Mexican students' access to higher education. By providing financial assistance, Mexico hopes that these recipients will utilize their education to empower and uplift the Mexican population in the United States. 

To qualify for an IME-Beca grant, a USD SSS student must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Mexican descent (self, parent, or grandparent born in Mexico)
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • An active participant in the University of San Diego Student Support Services Program

All IME Becarios should be committed to participate in an activity related to their Mexican heritage. This year, IME Becarios went on a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico. Click here to learn about the IME Becas Tijuana Day trip. 


IME Becas Recipient with grant from Mexican Consulate

From the right:

Cynthia Villis, Assistant Provost of Institute of College Initiatives
Debby Romero, SSS student & IME BECAS Recipient
Ryan Jumamil, Director of Student Support Services