What Is TRiO?

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program — one of the federal TRIO programs — was authorized in 1968 by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1101a), as amended. The goal of SSS is to increase the postsecondary persistence and graduation rates of low-income students, first-generation college and students with disabilities. All students in the SSS program are enrolled in postsecondary education, meet at least one of these eligibility criteria (low-income status, first-generation status or disability status) and exhibit academic need. 

How Can I Join TRiO?

To be eligible for TRiO student support services a student must be:

  • First-Generation – Neither parent or guardian has a 4-year college degree; 
  • Income Eligible; and/or 
  • Have a documented disability and registered with the Disability Services department 

Other Requirements: 

  • Demonstrates an academic need, as determined by the Office of TRiO SSS; 
  • Is a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is enrolled at SU or accepted for enrollment for the next academic semester.

Apply To TRiO

Current Student Application


Incoming First-Year Student Application


For questions or more information, email trio@susqu.edu.

About TRiO

Learn more about the TRiO Scholars Program and how it can provide students with academic support at Susquehanna. 

Program Offerings

The TRiO Program offers a variety of services aimed to support students completing their four-year degree.


For questions or more information, email trio@susqu.edu.

TRiO Workshops

Register to attend TRiO organized events in the Fall 2021 semester. More information coming soon.

TRiO Student Leaders

Learn more about the Student Leaders that help to support the TRiO program at Susquehanna University. More information coming soon.

Bhavani Ali

Director of TRIO Student Support Services

Adjunct in Global Programs

Email Address balavenkatesan@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4397

Maria Bachert

Student Development Coach

Email Address bachert@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4580

Clarissa Murray

Student Development Coach

Athletics Game/Event Assistant

Email Address murrayclarissa@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4360

Greg Severyn

Assistant Professor of Spanish Studies

Email Address severyn@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4265

Aisha Upton

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Email Address upton@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4758

Contact Us

TRiO Student Support Services

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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TRiO SSS Empowerment Lounge, Steele Hall 109

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