Harold Washington College Receives Grants to Expand Student Services


CHICAGO, IL – Harold Washington College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago, has been awarded new grants to enhance and expand its support services for students.

The college for the first time in recent history has received the TRiO Student Support Services award totaling to more than $1.3 million over five years. Granted by the U.S. Department of Education, the funds will enable the college to increase the services it provides to students, including additional tutoring, assistance in course selection, financial aid, counseling services, and application support to four-year programs. Support services, such as individualized counseling and mentoring, will also be implemented as part of this grant.

The college will receive annual distributions from this grant until 2025, with $261,888 scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year.

Two other City Colleges of Chicago have also received the competitive grant for the second time – Malcolm X College and Truman College. Both schools received the award in 2015.

Harold Washington College has also received $100,000 from The Chicago Education Equity COVID19 Response Fund that will help support the college’s virtual student services. This support includes the rollout of a robust Online Academic Support Center that the college has designed to serve as a comprehensive onboarding system, including student-specific training modules and peer-to-peer guidance, to ensure that students have the necessary tools to succeed through the academic year.

“We are extremely grateful to have received these resources that will only enhance what we provide for our students,” said Dr. Daniel López, Jr., President of Harold Washington College. “As the semester kicks off, we remain unwavering in our commitment to serving our students and making sure that they are prepared for a successful semester. That means expanding access to the services we provide to students to help them pursue their dreams after they have completed their course of study.”