About TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a grant program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide higher education opportunities to historically underrepresented students. TRIO SSS was created in 1965 under the Title IV of the Higher Education Act and is one of eight federal TRIO programs. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s TRIO SSS program has been providing guidance and support to students since 2005 and is the only one of its kind in the Northwest Region of Pennsylvania.
Pitt-Bradford’s TRIO SSS program is designed to provide individualized academic, personal, financial, and career coaching and services to students to assist them in successfully attaining their bachelor’s degree. Our experienced staff provides continuous support services to approximately 160 program participants through scheduled meetings, activities, and leadership development courses from the time they are accepted to TRIO SSS until graduation. In order to receive services, students must apply and be accepted based on meeting eligibility requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Education and the program.
In order to be eligible, a student must be:
- first generation and/or
- income eligible and/or
- have a documented learning, physical, and/or psychological disability
- demonstrate academic need and motivation to succeed
- be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States