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 $220,000 annually for the 2015-2020 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.

“It is a great support system and a wonderful program! Being involved in the program has helped make me more sociable and confident in myself!”  ~ Kaitlyn


  • First-Generation College Student (neither parent/guardian has Bachelor’s degree) and/or
  • Low Income (based on Federal Income Guidelines) and/or
  • Student with Disabilities (verification required)


TRIO-SSS students receive help with: Applying for financial aid and scholarships
Budgeting and completing federal taxes
Understanding class syllabi and learning time management
Career development and resume writing
Goal setting and future planning
TRIO-SSS students have fun by: Attending off-site cultural and social events (free of charge!)
Joining other members at Marian sporting events and activities
Participating in game nights, crafts, workshops and events
Competing in challenges against other peer leader groups
TRIO-SSS students may save money by: Checking out textbooks, laptops, iPads and other items
from our lending library
Applying for TRIO-SSS scholarships
Taking department-sponsored interest inventories
TRIO-SSS Summer Bridge participants get a jump
on their college experience by:

Building friendships before classes start
Connecting with staff
Developing college-level study skills
Becoming familiar with the support & resources TRIO-SSS provides


“It has made me the person I am today! I am more confident and more involved at Marian University. I am so grateful for this program!”  ~ Katie

Still not sure if you should apply?
Watch this!

Or, read this article published in Diverse Issues in Education!

Federal TRIO Programs Work Reggie Parson article 3-19-18


To apply, please complete all four sides of the 2019-2020 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.


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

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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.”