About TRIO

What is TRIO?

TRIO is committed to providing educational opportunities for Americans—regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. The U.S. Congress established a series of eight programs to help low-income individuals enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services).  Today, TRIO serves and assists first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

SSS is a federally funded TRIO program that provides FREE services to students who are first-generation college students, students registered with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office on campus, and those from specific income backgrounds (including Pell Grant recipients). Services include tutoring, mentoring, workshops, laptop lending program, and grant aid. The goal of the program is to help these students succeed, persist, and graduate from college.


The TRIO Student Support Services of Kent State University provides a series of academic support and other services to assist in persistence in college to degree completion.

Each TRIO SSS participant receives additional advising support from the TRIO SSS program. Many of these services include (but not limited to) assistance interpreting the Kent State University Graduation Planning System (GPS), as well as monitoring student progress to aid in successful navigation of the Kent State GPS; Drop/add counseling, assistance in selecting a major, and career guidance; and strengths assessment and evaluation.

Who is Eligible to receive TRIO SSS?

In order to be part of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, you must be a US citizen (or eligible non-citizen) in need of academic support and satisfy one or more of the following federal requirements:

  • Be a first-generation college student (a college student whose parents or legal guardians have not completed a bachelor’s degree)
  • Meet federal income guidelines as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Be registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and be able to provide verification during the application process