Students selected to participate in the TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) program receive individualized assistance from professional, caring staff members to help navigate through the college experience. We’ll support you until your graduation and assist you into a career. Our services are offered FREE of charge.

Our program is funded by a federal TRIO Grant of $253,000 annually for the 2020-2025 program years. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. For more information about the federal program, visit the U.S. Department of Education.

“TRIO has helped me realize my potential and let me know that I can fulfil my dreams. I am a first-gen college student, and I would never have done as well as I am in college without TRIO.”  ~ Meridith

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • First-generation students (neither parent/guardian earned a bachelor’s degree)
  • Income-eligible students (according to federal income guidelines)
  • Differently-abled students (with appropriate documentation)

 

TRIO-SSS students receive help with: Applying for financial aid and scholarships
Financial literacy and completing tax forms
Understanding class syllabi and learning time management
Career development and resume writing
Goal setting and future planning
TRIO-SSS students have fun by: Getting connected with others
Participating in game nights, crafts, workshops and events
Attending off-site cultural and social events
Hanging out between classes
Winning prizes
TRIO-SSS students save money by: Checking out textbooks, laptops & calculators
Applying for TRIO-SSS scholarships
Learning budgeting
Taking department-sponsored interest inventories
Attending free events
TRIO-SSS’s Pre-Orientation Program offers:
A chance to move in early
Building friendships before classes start
Early connections with staff and student leaders
Developing college-level study skills
Becoming familiar with the available support

 

“I have greatly appreciated having people to talk to when I get concerned about my financial status, academic standing, and future career. TRIO helps me stay motivated and ambitious towards my goals, and I cannot think of a better group of people for such support.”  ~ Philomena

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HOW CAN I APPLY?

To apply, please complete all four sides of the 2020-2021 Application Packet and return them to our office (Administration Building, Rooms 206-207) or take pictures of each page and send them to us at the email below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Many of your questions can be answered here: TRIO-SSS FAQs
(Click HERE for a printable version.)

Please contact TRIO to request printed copies of any documents listed on this page.

For more information, contact us at 920.923.8632 or trio.sssoffice@marianuniversity.edu.

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Our mission is to impact the development of students in the TRIO-SSS program
on their journey to complete a bachelor’s degree
by providing proactive and individualized academic, financial, and career coaching
while encouraging active participation in a social community.”