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ISAE's renewal of federal funding will enable the on-campus group to continue enabling first-generation, low-income and disabled students to excel in their Mount Saint Mary’s careers.

University’s undergraduate support program receives renewal of federal funding

Los Angeles / July 23, 2015 — The Institute for Student Academic Enrichment (ISAE) at Mount Saint Mary’s University has earned federal funding for another five years. ISAE exists on campus to help first-generation, low-income and disabled students excel in their Mount Saint Mary’s careers.  

Among other services, ISAE provides traditional undergraduate students with counseling support and guidance, a peer mentor program, and events that enable students to gain valuable cultural enrichment and leadership skills. Students also receive assistance in mapping out their academic, career and life plans.   

“This program is a difference-maker in the lives of many of our traditional undergraduate students,” says Michele Lewis, director of learning assistance programs at the University. “We are thankful that ISAE will continue to be a part of the campus experience for students in the years to come.”  

This program is of particular importance at Mount Saint Mary’s, one of the most diverse higher-ed institutions in the United States. At the Mount, 82% of students are women of color, 98% depend on financial aid, and approximately 50% are first-generation college students.  

The University’s ISAE program was first established in 1988, and has been successfully renewed through grants at the federal level ever since. Renewals require that the program consistently meets ambitious goals for academic success, student retention and graduation rates.  

ISAE is part of The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO), which include federal outreach and student-services programs at colleges across the nation, designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are administered, funded and implemented by the United States Department of Education.  

For more information on Mount Saint Mary’s ISAE program, visit

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