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.