TRIO Student Support Services Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I have been accepted into the program, do I need to reapply each year?

    If you have been accepted into the TRIO Student Support Services Program, you do not need to reapply each year. 

    In order to be considered for cultural enrichment activities, free tutoring services, and other TRIO SSS services, you must maintain your active status. To be considered an active scholar in the SSS Program, scholars must:

    • Be admitted to the program;
    • Submit an updated My Academic Plan (MAP), Program Participation Agreement, and additional forms each year;
    • Meet regularly with your TRIO SSS Academic Coach to develop and maintain My Academic Plan (MAP);
    • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid;
    • Complete a WSU Scholarship Application and file it with Student Financial Services by the annual due date of January 31st;
    • Attend at least three workshops per semester, or one Saturday Academy in Fall and attend the TRIO SSS Leadership Symposium in the Spring
    • Complete a SALT Financial Literacy Assignment each semester;
    • Complete a program evaluation at the end of each semester of service.

  • How do I know if I'm eligible?

    Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at WSU; be a U.S. citizen or National of the United States or meet the requirements for federal student financial assistance; demonstrate academic need; and have at least ONE of the following apply to you:

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

    Student Support Services enrollment is limited. All services are provided at no cost to scholars.

  • What are the program requirements?

    We expect scholars to take an active role in the TRIO SSS Program. 

    In order to be considered for cultural enrichment activities, free tutoring services, and other TRIO SSS services, you must maintain your active status. To be considered an active scholar in the SSS Program, scholars must:

    • Be admitted to the program;
    • Submit an updated My Academic Plan (MAP), Program Participation Agreement, and additional forms each year;
    • Meet regularly with your TRIO SSS Academic Coach to develop and maintain My Academic Plan (MAP);
    • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid;
    • Complete a WSU Scholarship Application and file it with Student Financial Services by the annual due date of January 31st;
    • Attend at least three workshops per semester, or one Saturday Academy in Fall and attend the TRIO SSS Leadership Symposium in the Spring
    • Complete a SALT Financial Literacy Assignment each semester;
    • Complete a program evaluation at the end of each semester of service.

  • If I am transferring from another TRIO Program, do I have to apply again?

    Yes, if you are transferring from another TRIO Program (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, etc.) we ask that you complete our program's specific TRIO SSS Application. 

    More information on our application process is located here.

  • Do you provide textbook loans?

    Unfortunately we do not provide textbook loans due to federal guidelines. 

  • Where is your program located?

    Our TRIO Student Support Services Program is located on the Washington State University Pullman Campus. If you are on the Washington State University Tri-Cities Campus, you can check out the Tri-Cities TRIO program here

  • Is this a scholarship program?

    Although we sometimes have the opportunity to offer scholarships to our active participants, scholarships are not part of our yearly programming. 

This grant has been 100% federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 160 scholars annually in the amount of $231,103 per year for a period of five years.