Frequently Asked Questions
What is TRIO Student Support Services?
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRIO program that offers services to help participants succeed in college and graduate on a timely basis. The services include free tutoring, academic advising, career development assistance and college success workshops and discussions.
Can everyone participate?
No. SSS serves eligible students only. These include first-generation college students (neither parent graduated with a four-year degree) and income-eligible students (as determined by federal guidelines), as well as students with a documented disability. The program is an exclusive program and can only accept 190 students per semester. It is based on a first-come, first-served basis, so do not hesitate to apply. All students who do not apply on time may be waitlisted until the following semester.
Why should I become a participant?
SSS provides a personal college "safety net" from the first year through graduation. The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern. By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus.
If I join SSS, what am I required to do?
SSS tends to have expectations rather than requirements. It is expected that you will be committed to earning your degree and that you will take advantage of SSS services, such as academic advising and tutoring, in order to meet your academic needs. The SSS staff will make recommendations for you that we expect you to carefully consider.
Can SSS help with the transition to college life?
Yes! SSS makes the transition smoother by offering one-on-one advising as well as workshops financing your education, leadership, planning your four-year degree and beyond, and many other topics.
I would like to meet more students like me. How can SSS help?
SSS arranges many cultural and educational events each semester. In the past, these have included trips to music concerts, museums, college and University campus visits, and local historic and cultural sites. The SSS program also offers a variety of campus activities that participants can attend together.
I have declared a major, but I am not sure it's right for me. Can SSS help?
Absolutely! SSS offers students academic advising as well as referrals for career counseling. SSS can help you to determine a program that best suits you interests, strengths and long-term plans, then help you to map out which courses you need and when to take them.
How much time does it take to participate in the TRiO program?
This is up to you - it can take as little as one hour each semester or several hours each week. You decide which services to utilize.
Does it cost money to join?
No - everything in the program is free!
How long can I be in the program?
Until you graduate and/or transfer to another college
Who do I contact if I have questions?
All SSS staff members work directly with our students, so feel free to contact any one of us at (517) 483-1161 or send us an email: Contact TRiO
TRIO Student Support Services
Gannon Bldg, Room 142
Phone: (517) 483-1161
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