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
- 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.