A variety of national scholarship opportunities are available, and active participants can apply for an SSS grant. Program staff will also help students maximize their financial resources and search for other scholarship opportunities.

TRIO-SSS is available to students whether they live on campus or commute.

Once you are accepted into TRIO-SSS, you are eligible to participate until graduation. Individual meeting topics and workshop offerings match where you are at in college and grow with you, building on your knowledge and experiences.

We encourage students who feel they may be eligible to apply. We determine financial eligibility based on guidelines for federal TRIO Programs low-income levels using TAXABLE income (not adjusted gross income).

Students who have submitted an application will be emailed a notification of their initial status, usually within one week. Those selected to continue in the application process will participate in an intake interview with the program director who will inform them of the final decision.

New students, upperclassmen, transfer students and non-traditional students are all encouraged to apply. We graduate participants from the program each semester, so we are continually seeking to enroll new members. Because we are funded to serve a limited number of students, however, we occasionally have a waiting list.

TRIO-SSS is not only for students who need academic help, but also for those needing additional support for rigorous academic programs; seeking other assistance (applying to graduate schools, exploring volunteer and internship opportunities, and job searching); looking for a place to call home base; and desiring leadership opportunities. Students would tell you that you should participate because it enhances your college experience and helps you answer questions you didn’t even know you had!

Students with documented disabilities (physical, psychological or learning) should have paperwork on file with Marian University’s Center for Academic Support and Excellence/Disability Services office.

We host several social events each month. In the past, these have included holiday activities, game nights, sporting events, professional theater productions, bowling, mystery tours, and more! We have a study studio dedicated solely for our program participants. Our Summer Bridge experience for incoming freshmen helps you meet classmates even before the official school year starts. We also match our incoming freshmen with a student leader who offers additional social opportunities and support throughout the year. You can also take advantage of our weekend away at the Outdoor Wisconsin Leadership School experiencing the outdoors, team-building with new friends, and learning leadership skills.

We recommend that to avoid becoming overwhelmed by multiple program requirements, EXCEL students wait to apply. However, joining TRIO-SSS immediately after participating in the EXCEL program (or even overlapping a little near the end) is a great way to continue getting the support you need

You could chose to be active as little as six hours each semester – or as much as several hours each week. At minimum each semester, we expect our participants to attend:

  • 3 individual meetings (to cover academic, career and financial topics)
  • 2 informational workshops
  • 1 social or cultural event

We call it our 3-2-1 model — which most of our students say is as easy as one, two, three!

All program services are offered at NO COST!

If you are notified that you have not been accepted and have questions, please contact our office. It is possible that you may need to submit additional information in order to have this status changed. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, we can refer you to other resources on campus.

Summer Bridge is a unique opportunity for TRIO-SSS (and EXCEL) students to get a jump on university life by “bridging” your high school and college experiences. You are able to move in a few days early, become familiar with the campus, learn tips and tricks to enhance your personal and academic success, hear about campus resources, and build relationships with fellow students and support staff.  This is a great way to increase your comfort level and start your college career ahead of your peers.

We love to enroll incoming freshman into the program even before the academic year starts! An application packet should be sent to your home before school starts.  All you have to do is fill out and return the application.

Marian University’s TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) Program is offered through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and needs to follow federal guidelines. Participants must be undergraduate students enrolled at Marian or accepted for enrollment to the university. Additionally, students must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student where neither parent/guardian has completed a 4-year college degree (obtained a Bachelor’s degree)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a documented disability

We are your coaches through college – your home away from home. TRIO-SSS can build on your strengths and help with your weaknesses. Participants have access to services and opportunities not available to others – including a lending library and a dedicated computer lab/study studio.