The purpose of the TRiO Student Support Services program is to help eligible students stay in school and graduate.
Students participating in the program benefit from a range of free services:
- help in focusing on academic, personal and career goals
- academic, personal and career counseling
- strategies for maintaining and improving QPA
- help with study skills and life-management issues
- financial aid planning
- academic workshops
- cultural enrichment activities
- computer learning lab services
- graduate school assistance
- equipment and textbook loans
- online tutoring program
To be eligible you must:
- be a first-generation college student – neither parent has a bachelor’s degree and/or
- be income eligible based on federal guidelines and/or
- have a documented learning, physical and/or mental disability
- demonstrate academic need as established by the TRiO SSS program
- be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States
If you want to participate in the program, you will need to apply and be selected. If you're selected, you will work with an SSS staff member to form an individualized academic plan. Our staff will then monitor your academic performance and progress by meeting with you individually and in groups.
To apply, download the SSS Preliminary Application form and return it to the TRiO SSS office in Room 231 Hanley Library. If you have any questions:
The program is the only one of its kind in the Northwest Region of Pennsylvania and was started in 1965 under the Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The program on our campus is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.