TRIO Frequently Asked Questions

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that provides tutoring, academic advising, financial literacy workshops, campus visits, and cultural event activities.

Who can participate in TRIO?

Students that are first-generation college students (neither parent or legal guardian graduated with a bachelor degree); income-eligible student (as determined by federal guidelines); and students with a documented disability.

Why should I apply?

TRIO-SSS provides a personal college “safety net” from the first year through graduation.  The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern.  By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus.

If I join TRIO-SSS, what am I required to do?

TRIO-SSS participants are required to participate in academic advising, tutoring, cultural events, and campus visits.

Can TRIO-SSS help with the transition to college life?

Yes! TRIO-SSS makes the transition smoother by connecting TRIO students to campus resources.

I would like to meet more students like me.  How can TRIO-SSS help?

TRIO-SSS arranges many cultural and educational events each semester.  These include trips museums, college and university campus visits, and local historic and cultural sites.  The TRIO-SSS program also offers a variety of campus activities that participants can attend together.

I have declared a major, but I am not sure it’s right for me.  Can TRIO-SSS help?

Absolutely!  TRIO-SSS academic advisors as well as referrals to career counselors can assist you with making a decision that is right for you.

How much time does it take to participate in the TRIO program?

This is up to you – it can take as little as one hour each semester or several hours each week.  You decided which services to utilize.

Does it cost money to join?

No – all services are supported and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

How long can I be in the program?

Until you graduate and/or transfer to another college.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Contact the TRIO-SSS office directly at (517) 990-1378 or send us an email at: merkelmelissag@jccmi.edu.