University College is home to Texas State’s first U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant program, titled "Mentoring and Academic Coaching: Foundations for Student Success at Texas State University." Funded for approximately $2.9 million through 2017, this program will support initiatives aimed at enhancing student retention and persistence during the first year of college. Examples of services provided to students include peer mentoring, academic coaching, and a comprehensive financial education program.
Peer mentoring will be offered to students who would benefit from the advice and counsel of a Texas State junior or senior who has been successful within and outside the classroom. Academic coaching helps students assess their personal strengths and weaknesses with the goal of developing essential learning skills. Finally, student awareness and understanding of budget and financial planning, overspending, debt and credit cards, and other important topics will be addressed within the financial education program.