TRIO is committed to providing educational opportunities for Americans—regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

Funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the TRIO programs grew with the goal to assist low-income individuals persist to a college degree and thrive in America’s economic and social life.


What is TRIO Student Support Services?

Student Support Services is one of the federally funded TRIO programs.

TRIO Student Support Services provides free services to students who are:

Services include: tutoring, mentoring, workshops, a laptop lending program, and grant aid. The purpose of the program is to help students succeed, and graduate from college.

Each TRIO SSS participant receives additional advising support from the TRIO SSS program. Many of these services include (but are not limited to):

  • Assistance interpreting the Kent State University Graduation Planning System (GPS)
  • Student progress monitoring to aid in successful navigation of the Kent State GPS
  •  Drop/add counseling
  • Assistance in selecting a major
  • Career guidance
  • Strengths assessment and evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions

Are TRIO SSS Services Free?

Yes! Just come in to room 111 CUE to sign up.

Who are the tutors and mentors in the TRIO SSS program?

Tutors are undergraduate students who have received an "A" in the course that they tutor.

Does TRIO SSS offer individual tutoring?

KSU TRIO SSS offers both individual and group tutoring and mentoring based on each student's needs.

How often does tutoring happen?

Tutoring usually happens once or twice weekly, depending on the course, to support success in the each respective course.

When does tutoring happen?

Tutoring is offered Monday - Friday beginning as early as 8:50 a.m. and lasting 50 minutes, depending on availability.

Who are some successful TRIO alumni?

  • Oprah Winfrey, Upward Bound, talk show host, author and journalist
  • Franklin Chaang-Diaz, Student Support Services; first Hispanic astronaut
  • A. C. Green, Student Support Services; Oregon State University, NBA basketball player
  • Gwendolynne Moore, Student Support Services; US congresswoman
  • Angela Bassett, Upward Bound, St. Petersberg Junior College, actress
  • Anastasia Pittman, Student Support Services; Oklahoma State Representative
  • Beatrice Berry, Upward Bound, University of Delaware, author, award-winning lecturer
  • John Quinones, Upward Bound, St Mary's University, correspondent for ABC news, "Prime Time Live"
  • Viola Davis, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Rhode Island College, actress
Where is the TRIO Student Support Services program?