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.

Breaking Down Barriers  

Susquehanna University is breaking down barriers for low-income students, first-generation college and students with disabilities. TRiO student support services provides an individualized approach to students and caters to the needs of each individual.

More 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 Faculty & Staff

Bhavani Ali

Senior Director of Student Development Services

Adjunct Faculty in Education

Email Address balavenkatesan@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4397

Andrew Felo

Associate Professor of Accounting

Email Address felo@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4576

Clarissa Murray

Student Development Coach

Athletics Game/Event Assistant

Email Address murrayclarissa@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4421

Olugbenga Onafowora

Professor of Economics

Department Head of Economics

Warehime Chair in the Sigmund Weis School of Business

Email Address onafowor@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4187

Melanie Scurto

Student Development Coach

Email Address scurto@susqu.edu

Phone Number 570-372-4580

Contact Us

TRiO Student Support Services

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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TRiO SSS Empowerment Lounge, Steele Hall 109 and 205 Fisher

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