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TRIO Student Support Services Program

Eligibility Information

Thank you for your interest in the TRIO Student Support Services Program! Please review our eligibility information below.

In order to qualify for the TRIO Student Support Services program, applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Washington State University as an undergraduate;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a National of the United States or meet the requirements for federal student financial assistance;
  • Demonstrate academic need;

In addition, those who satisfy the above conditions must also have at least ONE of the following apply to you:

  • You are a first-generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has a four-year college degree;
  • You are in financial need ("low-income" according to federal guidelines); and/or
  • You have a documented disability.

TRIO Student Support Services enrollment is limited. We serve 160 scholars per year. If the program is full, student applicants will be placed on a waiting list and admitted when participant numbers permit.

All services are provided at no cost to participants.

Application Process

Step One: Submit a completed online initial information application. You will need to complete all sections of the application including the demographic and eligibility information, student self-assessment, and short essay. Our office will contact you with any additional verification forms we may need. 

Step Two: Once your application has been processed, we will contact you to schedule an interview with our staff (via phone or video conference). Prior to your interview you will be required to complete the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) assessment.  

Step Three: Scholars accepted into the TRIO Student Support Services Program are required to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment and an academic determination meeting with a TRIO SSS Academic Coach.

Scholar Expectations 

Once a Scholar is enrolled in the program, a TRIO SSS Academic Coach will work with you to develop your educational plan. Scholars are expected to take an active role in the TRIO SSS Program. In order to be considered for TRIO SSS services (free tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, etc.), you must maintain your active status. To be considered an active scholar in the SSS Program, scholars must:

  • Annual Expectations

    Complete annual forms including My Advancement Plan (MAP), Program Participation Agreement, Contact Information Updates
    Complete the WSU Scholarship Application by January 31st 
    File FAFSA by the WSU priority deadline, November 30th 

  • Semester Expectations

    Meet regularly with your TRIO SSS Academic Coach to develop and maintain your My Advancement Plan (MAP)
    Attend at least three (3) college success workshops or the Saturday Academy in the fall semester (Enrolling in one of the UNIV 497 course meets this requirement, see details in the dropdown below)
    Attend the TRIO SSS Leadership Symposium in the spring
    Complete a financial literacy assignment
    Complete our program evaluation at the end of each semester

  • UNIV 497 Course Expectations (Currently Paused for Fall 2021)

    UNIV 497-23: Graduate School Boot Camp for TRIO SSS Scholars

    Learn all you need to know about applying to graduate school and other professional schools! In this course, we will help you get clear and organized for the next season in your life. Eligible scholars have 75+ credits who are interested in going to graduate school. Priority is given to student seniors applying to graduate school THIS academic year. 

    UNIV 497-24: First Time Freshmen TRIO Scholars (Required, unless does not fit in schedule)

    Using Brendon Burchard's High-Performance GPS, this course will help you identify your goals, project, plan, and set priorities, and strategically schedule for success all while increasing your academic and Cougar community literacy and engagement! Eligible scholars are incoming first-time freshmen accepted into the program by the course start date. Priority is given to first-time freshmen, but transfer students are allowed to register for this course as well. 

    UNIV 497: Juniors - Optimizing Your Brand: Landing Summer Internships and Research Opportunities 

    It's about that time! You are preparing to launch out into the world! Whether you are going straight to graduate school or entering the work world creating a professional portfolio to suit your needs. In this course, we will expand your strengths, creating a writing portfolio for scholarships, applications and job searches while refining your resumes and CVs, and leveling up your social media presence with LinkedIn! Eligible scholars have 60-75 credits, at least two semesters left until graduation (not including the current semester). Priority is given to second-semester juniors.

    UNIV 497: Sophomore Seminar - How to Build Your Brand by Learning Your Strengths

    In this course, we will discover and lean into your Strengths in order to start to build your personal brand. In this course, we will work with career assessments and talent development to establish social media presence, develop resumes and CVs, as well as practice interview and presentation skills. Eligible scholars will have 36 - 75 credits with at least four semesters left until graduation. Priority is given to true sophomores (36 - 60 credits) and transfer students. 

For additional information visit About TRIO SSS.

If you have further questions, check out our FAQ page!

This grant has been 100% federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 160 scholars annually in the amount of $275,105 per year for a period of five years.

Scholars Studying in Computer Lab

Let us know you're interested in applying!

Thank you for your interest in our TRIO Student Support Services Program! Our 2021-22 application is currently closed. Please fill out our interest form below to be notified when our application is open. We will outreach to you as spaces open. 

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